Lots of trouble with seed starting
I'm a new gardener and am having a lot of issues starting my vegetable plants from seed. I've planted about 50 little pots so far, and they've all either not sprouted at all, or sprouted to about two inches only to topple over and die. I've tried lots of different things:
1) I started out with homemade toilet paper roll planters, but they developed some kind of mold and often did not sprout. I gave them up thinking they may have had some kind of bacteria/fungus on them and that they were too deep for the seeds to get light.
2) Then I switched over to a home depot-purchased seed starting kit with the little pods you have to hydrate. I got much more success with sprouting but then, one by one they started withering away.
3) I thought maybe this was "dampening off" so I sprinkled some cinnamon on them last night. Bad idea. Today I've watched the wither away before my eyes. There's a pic of sprouts that were doing more or less well yesterday... now sadly on their way out.
A couple of things:
- they're getting great light for about 7 hours a day.
- I have them on a sill that is just over a radiator. It's not scalding but it is nice and warm. I thought this would be good since I've heard that people use heating pads? Perhaps combined with the sun it's *too* warm?
-I've tried to not over water. I haven't given them much more water than when I hydrated the pods.
-I try to aerate for a few minutes every couple of days - is that not enough?
I'm hoping someone can help me here! I have a feeling growing from seed is shot for this year but at least I'll know for next year!
Thanks so much for reading!