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Am I crazy to think I can do this in a seed starter kit?

Posted by mahuchi z6, wash, dc (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 27, 13 at 17:53

I bought a Burpee seed starter kit today.
I live in Washington DC -and usually grow:
tomatoes
eggplant
peppers
herbs: basil, cilantro, parsely

I love flowers:
zinnia
cosmos
coleus
dalhia

I have always wanted to start seeds indoors mostly to get a head start and save money. I realize you can "direct sow", but I hate waiting till july to have flowers. And then I get impatient, and end up spending so much money on annuals every year to add to my already existing garden.

Anyway - I have a very sunny kitchen window - it is actually a corner and both sides of the corner have a window - 1 faces south, 1 faces east. The room is the warmest in the house - as we have an electric baseboard heater in this room.

Will I have any success with no other equipment. An avid gardener friend of mine said I would be fine...but I am skeptical. The seed starter kit is the one with the 72 cells and the pellets that expand with water.

Thanks for your help!


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RE: Am I crazy to think I can do this in a seed starter kit?

I too would be skeptical as it is far from the ideal set-up and you'll encounter several issues. But can you grow some plants? Sure.

Lots of FAQs and discussions here you need to browse through before starting - the problems with kits, need for supplemental lighting, heating pads, how to use the cover, soil temps required for germination, why plants get leggy, etc.

"Success" is a relative term. Some are content with what they can produce with what you have. Most are not. But it all depends on how much money and effort you want to put into it.

The more reading you do here the better your chance for success.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing from Seed FAQs


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RE: Am I crazy to think I can do this in a seed starter kit?

Thanks Dave. I think you just saved me time, money and trouble. Heading out to Home Depot now - to get some florescent lights.
Thanks so much.


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