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Jan 14, 2012

It's almost time!


I've moved the seed starting setup inside the house now. It was just too cold in the garage. It took a while for me to do it as it seemed so final to change my daughter's room. And with one change after another it's time to move on.

So before we are even close to seed starting time-indoors at least, more on that later, it's onward and upward time!

Happy gardening,

Tessa


4 comments:

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)

    So sorry for the awful image- I should have taken it with the lights off- and with my camera not my tablet's camera- just testing ;)

  • Rosey

    This is a fantastic set-up for your newbie plants.
    I hope that everything gets off to a nice start with your grow lights.
    How often do you change your florescent bulbs? I try to every spring but sometimes I just wait for them to blink at me. Do you buy the specialized ones or just regular ones at the fix- it store?
    Thanks for your visit and comment. It is always great to hear from you and to see what's happening in your neck of the woods.

  • Julia@PolkaDotGaloshes

    What a great seeding set up..so jealous! I am fighting for a square foot of kitchen counter space at the moment. I had been thinking about using the garage but the cold was my concern too, oh but the space I would have! I would love to know what lights you use too. I am just starting on this seed sowing journey, i'll be sure to be back, checking out your blog for tips...thanks!! Cheers Julia

  • DirtDigger (Tessa)

    Thanks for stopping by, Julia- I've been so busy with family- it's been crazy! So, the light set up is 5 shelves I picked up at Home Depot for $30 on sale. I'm using only 4 in the shot so it fits in that closet :). I'm using 4' shop lights with a slight hood- one warm and one cool bulb. I don't use special growing lights as I've found over the years that I don't really see a difference in the seedlings and they don't last as long- more expensive too! The next shelf I put up I do plan on trying the full spectrum bulbs. If I remember right they need blueish light (cool) for green growth and the reds (warm bulbs) for flower production- since I'm not growing for flowers, but transplanting out into the garden before they'll get blooms- if they are flowers, I could use just the cool- but like I said, I'm going to try the full spectrum. The shop lights are placed side by side- 2 per shelf in other words. Keep the lights just above the trays by an inch or so, and raise them as the seedlings grow. I use soil blocks to so my seeds in- no pots, so it's easy for me. I only hold the seedlings off in a 2" soil block for 2-3 weeks- then it's out to the garden- so I don't have to raise my lights as much.

    Hope this helps- I'll have to come visit to see how it all goes.

    Happy Gardening,

    Tessa

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