Starting seeds indoor - My method

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    Lots of options. I prefer cloth over plastic though as it breathes better.
     
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    I just ended up buying baby plants. I planted them yesterday. No seeds this year. I don't know if I'm going to try growing them indoors next year. I may give them away because I really don't have a lot of room here for that, unfortunately.
     
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    I got thyme, oregano and there was no rosemary, so I decided to try a pepper plant! I got a poblano pepper plant, so we shall see how that turns out. If it turns out good, I'll post some pictures. :)
     
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    Thanks for sharing the info. I was looking for it.
     
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    So how is everyone's weed growing?
     
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    Yeah, or raised beds..They used to sell wall of water, a plastic cone shaped water container that heated in the sun and warmed the plant..A heating blanket works well also..
     
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    To start my stuff indoors I built light systems out of

    unistrut
    conduit
    lighting ballasts
    flourescent bulb fittings

    I mounted the bulb fittings onto small rectangular metal pieces then stuck 2 of those on each 4.5' section of conduit.

    Then attached each section of conduit with handy little unistrut conduit clamps to a couple of pieces of unistrut running perpendicular to the sections of conduit. These clamps hold the conduit and are designed to interface with the unistrut. It's something electricians use and can be found in the electrical section of any big box hardware store.

    Then I mounted the ballasts on those same pieces of unistrut and wired them into the light sockets and electrical boxes, which were again mounted on the unistrut; and then plugged the whole thing into a smart switch.

    Total of 10 4' bulbs on one set and 12 on the other (I built 2 of these), although you could just as easily use more or less bulbs or longer or shorter. All depends on the space you have available, I guess..

    The unistrut then mounted onto legs with handy unistrut fittings (starting to see why I used the unistrut?), which allowed me to move the light set up as stuff started growing.

    Here are the part lists if anyone wanted to do the same

    ballasts: If anyone is actually interested in this let me know and I'll pull the model numbers. I used ballasts to power 4 bulbs each on the set of 12 and 2 bulbs each on the set of 10.

    light sockets: Leviton 13357U - T8 or T12 - Turn-Type Lampholder - Medium Bi-Pin Socket - Non-Shunted - For Programmed Start Ballasts - Standard Profile - Light Sockets - Amazon.com

    conduit- 1/2"

    mounting plates- used electrical box covers and cut them with a grinder into 1 x 2" rectangles. I'd recommend steel over aluminum, as the epoxy didn't seem to work well with aluminum. Ditto on substituting a plastic pipe or conduit for the normal old metal electrical conduit.

    epoxy- I just used 2 part gorilla glue epoxy to mount the light sockets onto the conduit, but I imagine anything designed to bond metals would work just fine.

    bulbs were just T-12 Philips daylight 4100 K 4' bulbs, but you could certainly substitute....
     
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    All of our successful plants, my wife has started from seeds inside.

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    This year I seeded:

    Snapdragons (few types)
    Gerbera Daisies
    painted daisies
    yarrow (had to be stratified first)
    mexican sunflowers
    milkweed (had to be stratified first0
    calla lilies (3 varieties)
    blue daisy
    lisianthus (3 varieties)
    zinnias (several varieties)
    cosmos (several varieties)
    black eyed susan climbing vines

    all of them grew, some of them I planted too densely in my seed trays and had to thin and some croaked when I put them outside (the lisianthus, so I had to order some plants), but most made it and are blooming.

    our gardens consist of some established perennials but I leave spots in them to change the annuals from year to year and start them indoors most years....
     

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