Newbie question...alternatives to heating mats for starting seed
Hi... so I am starting seeds for the first time (I've always purchased transplants from local nursery).
I understand that I need to heat the soil. I didn't want to invest in a seed mat (I am a bit skeptical about being able to get these successfully into my garden so I want to minimize my investment). I saw a video where they mention using the heating vent in your house. This sounds like a economical way of doing this but I would imagine that it would really dry out the seedlings... can I put the seedling tray directly on the heating vent? Has anyone done this successfully and have any tips for me.
If people have an alternative to heating mats I would be open to that as well?
I plan on starting brandywine pink tomatoes, alpine strawberries and genovese basil plants from seeds (I have a small garden so I really only need 2 of each (maybe 4 of the strawberry plants).