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Indoor seed germination challenge

Posted by ChickenCoupe 7a ( on
Thu, Feb 6, 14 at 18:15

Hi all;

I have a cold frame out doors.
I have a storage room with dim southern light that is unheated.
I operate a wood-burning stove which, for the most part, is working double duty this year.

I normally start my seeds indoors. And I'm about to begin, but I have a new problem.

My normal window herbs and plants clearly don't like the soot from the stove. Normally, we get breaks in the weather and clear the house out frequently. Not this year.

Now, the seeds I normally start atop the frig or in that same window. But it's where others show signs of dying.

I can put them in that south storage room with cleaner air, but it's a bit cold for some .. like tomato seeds.

I don't mind running them back and forth... say putting them in the sooty air for warmth through the day for a few hours and then rushing them back to the south room for fresh air.

I'm fairly new at germinating, so it's frustrating.

The other challenge: I cannot throw money at this.

Germinating what:

Several tomato varieties
Brussel Sprouts

Any input is appreciated. Thanks to all and happy germinating!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Indoor seed germination challenge

That is quite a challenge to over come. Is it possible to erect some sort of plastic or fabric tent over the seedlings so that the soot can't settle on them? Do you have access to ANY fluorescent bulbs of any type you could use?

We too heat with wood but our stove has a catalytic converter on it so indoor soot is minimal but is it possible that your wood stove and flue just needs a good cleaning so it burns more efficiently?


RE: Indoor seed germination challenge


Thanks for responding. Yes. And yes.

I don't normally buy seed-starting soil, but I don't think I can avoid it this year. I don't know if it'll be possible, really. Usually, I bake my dirt. lol But with the challenge, I can use the reprieve from fighting the dampening disease.

But I was wondering if some type of cloth would work. It is possible to get some light on them, but nothing perfect.

If my plants are leggy, I can handle them gently and appropriately... like laying the stems part way horizontally when I transplant, etc.

Yeah. Quite a challenge. I'm determined, tho.

We need a solution for our stove. It's disconcerting that we're breathing stuff in that's killing plants. It's an old stove. Simple set-up. Pipes are refreshed annually.

RE: Indoor seed germination challenge

Today, I checked the temperature in that south room. The thermometer read just above 40 degrees. Might be able to make this work with extra light in there.

RE: Indoor seed germination challenge

I'm happy to report the problem rested with the type of wood we were burning. Won't do that again!

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