I’ve now gone through three rounds of starting seeds, starting on the last Sunday in January.
I am really really happy with how they’re all doing, especially considering that I’ve never been truly successful with starting seeds.
I tried to start some seeds last summer, but I was overly ambitious and tried to make my own soil block mix. a) I didn’t check on the seedlings often enough and b) the blocks dried out all the time, so it was bad all around. I got some things to start but they were weak and never really thrived after I stuck them in the garden. Plus I never hardened them off, so I basically did everything wrong.
This year I’m determined to do it right. I even have an alarm on my phone which goes off every day reminding me to check on the seedlings.
I’ve planted 288 seeds so far. Not all have come up, which is not surprising. I planted so many leek and onion seeds specifically because I was counting on poor germination. I haven’t done an official count yet, but my rough estimate is that I had about 60% germination of my leek and onion seeds. I think this is pretty good considering they were from 08 and 09, and supposedly have a much shorter storage life than other seeds. So yay for that.
The lights. The fixtures are cheapo shop lights that we got at Lowe’s for $10 a piece, with full spectrum bulbs that we got in a pack of 10 for $30. There are two bulbs in each light, so all together it comes out to $16 per set. I think this is pretty good considering many “grow light” kits purchased online are much more expensive.
After planting all this stuff I realized I hadn’t put together my garden plan for this year, so I have no idea where I’m going to put everything.
Either way, I think my production goals will call for putting in another raised bed. 2011 is going to be a good year!