Starting Seeds Indoors

February 19, 2009 at 4:20 am 1 comment

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Now is the perfect time to get a jumpstart on this year’s garden. Although it’s still cold and snowy here in zone 6 (7 really, if you count global warming), you can start planting celery, onions, brussel sprouts, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and even tomatoes from seed and save a ton of money by growing your own. Transplants from the nursery are convenient, but it’s amazing how far you can stretch a seed packet. Seeds offer more variety versus store bought transplants, and some seeds can last up to 10 years, so a two dollar packet of seeds can actually end up saving you hundreds of dollars if you preserve them well. Plus, you know exactly where your seeds come from, and you can avoid GMOs that frequently show up at nurseries (especially at those Walmart types of places)

Starting seeds indoors is relatively easy, but it does take some planning, and a good set of growlights. And, low lying ones help. I learned this the hard way a few years ago when I was growing tomato plants from seed in my bay window facing the street. First of all, florescent lights aren’t the most attractive lights to have beaming down (my poor neighbors), and second, I started to notice that the cops were scoping out our house–every few hours. For a couple of Brandywines. Small town cops!

This year, I’m trying out a new seed starting setup, with grow lights that move up and down. For christmas, my mom got me a remote control that connects to any electrical item, so we hooked them up to these nifty grow light stands and I feel like it’s the most luxurious thing ever. I get up, hit the remote, and the lights just turn on. Then, before I go to sleep, I turn them off (seedlings need about 16 hours of light time). And, that’s it—no hanging systems, no clunky set up, and each one fits two starter cells, so you can easily have 100 plants going without taking up your whole room. And, the lights are low, and unobtrusive. Couple this with self-watering starter kits, and it really couldn’t be easier.

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  • 1. potagergardengirl  |  February 22, 2009 at 2:56 am

    love your setup!

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