My First Attempt at Starting Seedlings Indoors

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This year I thought I would try my hand at starting seeds indoors.  I didn’t want to go all out and try to grow all of the veggies that we normally plant in our garden because that seemed like a pretty big undertaking.  And what if I messed up?

So far I wouldn’t say that I messed up, but I did wait a little too long to put lights on the seedlings once they germinated.  Some of the seedlings got really leggy– super tall stalks with very little leaves.  Once they germinated they started growing towards the nearest light source — which was an east-facing window at the time that was not providing very much sun due to the weather and distance from the seedlings.  So I ended up with some super-stretchy looking plants.  My husband had suggested putting a fan on the seedlings to provide the effect of being outside in on a breezy day, so I am trying that right now to hopefully strengthen and thicken up the leggy plants.  I’ll let you know if it helps!

And as you can see–no luck with the onion.  Yet.

Here’s a picture to show what I mean by leggy.  The kale, broccoli, and cauliflower shot up super fast before I got a good light source on them.

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I started the seedlings using the Germination Station with Heat Mat and Jiffy Seed Starting Mix, and am now using an LED Red Blue Grow Light set just a few inches above the seedlings.

For a first-timer I am pretty happy with the results so far.  I mean the goal was to grow plants from seeds–and look, there they are–beautiful green plants!  And really, can’t we all relate better to someone who isn’t a complete expert and does things right all the time with perfect results?  I know I can…

 

2 comments

  1. Donna says:

    Onions are one of the hardest to grow. I have not had any luck with them myself. The fan is a must otherwise the plants will not make it. Keep up the good work.

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