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« on: February 13, 2009 11:57:11 AM »

I'd really like to start some seeds indoors this year, but I'm a little confused: Some sites say to put the seed tray in sunlight, others say to avoid direct light. The only parts of the house that get some decent sun are all the nice parts that I rather not have dirt all over courtesy of a curious cat. I could try the top of the fridge, but I'd really like to stick them in the basement with some flourescent lights (just regular lights, no special growing ones). Would that be OK? We do have an unheated sunroom, I wish I could put them in there, but it's probably still too cold. Thanks for any help, I'm completely new to gardening!
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009 05:24:51 PM »

I start heirloom seeds every year.  You can start them somewhere without sunlight, actually the top of the fridge would probably be really good because it would provide some heat.  Cover the trays with a cover or some plastic wrap and only water from the bottom!!  This is really important!!  Once the seedlings come up take them out of the plastic and place them in a warm, sunny or well florescent lit spot.  Plain florescent lights work great!!  Try to keep them about 10-12" above the seedlings.  The best exposure time I have found is about 12 with light 12 without.  Once they get a couple of sets of leaves on them you'll want to move them to their own individual cups.  Paper cups work great for this!  Again, keep watering from the bottom.  I have a dishpan I fill with water up to about the rims of the cups and set them in for a few minutes.  They will wick up the water!  Its pretty cool!  I do this a couple of times per week, you can sort of tell when it gets dry.  Also, keep moving the light up as they grow. About 2-3 weeks before you're ready to plant them start moving them outside to get them used to the sun and temps.  Put them out for a couple of hours the first couple of days, and an hour more every couple of days.  Also keep them out of really bright sunlight for the first few days.  Then plant those little buggers!! Oh, its really important to plant them in sterile seed starting mix!  Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009 01:45:13 PM »

thank you so much!
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009 10:06:58 PM »

You should try making seed starters out of toilet paper rolls.  I am going to try this next year, it looks so easy!  Once they sprout you can just plant the whole roll because it will eventually break down.



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