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Almost ready to sow

Posted by egghead2004 5/Central MA (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 16, 09 at 11:07

Here we go! I just want to ask all of the more experienced seed sowers out there to comment on my set up. This is a first for me and I spent a little more money than I wanted to, but hopefully I'll get my $$$ back in veggies!

I did buy several packets of seed and plan to sow them in thses Burpee seed starter kits. Each tray holds 72 plants. Will I have to trans plant these to larger pots before placing into the garden after 6-8 weeks?

Any better ideas than using the Burpee trays?

is in my basement which is heated buy a wood stove. I put a remote temperature sensor on the shelf to get an idea of the temps. Last night it reached 86 as a high. This morning it went down to 71. Is this too much of a temperature swing? should i get a small fan to blow cooler air from the other side of the basement?

These are 3 simple shop lights. I cut the visor off of them in a way so as to create 1 light with 6 bulbs. I have 4 T-8 bulbs and 2 T-12 bulbs. They are 5000k. This should be enough light for the sprouting plants, right?
Also, look at the T-12s, they don't look as bright as the T-8s. I think I am going to go all T-8s.

I welcome any suggestions!


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RE: Almost ready to sow

Looks very nice and quite efficient. No, T12s aren't as bright but they are what most use because the are quite a bit less expensive and still do the job. Your mix of bulbs is is fine.

Yes you will have to transplant at least some of them - all depends on what the plant is. Very small flowers will be fine but vegetables and larger flowers will likely need some transplanting into larger containers.

And yes, a small fan will be most beneficial for both temp help but mostly for improved air circulation. Stagnant air kills plants. Remember that it is the soil temps that need to be warm for germination, not the air temps. And once germinated the plants will do better if grown at cooler air temps - shoot for air temps of 65 degrees once germinated.

Good luck and have fun! ;)


RE: Almost ready to sow

OK, I'll be moving the seedlings to my wine closet after germination. It stays about 60-63 in there, the lights should add a couple degrees. I'll add a small fan also.

Thanks for the info.

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