A couple months ago I wrote about my first attempt at Starting Seedlings Indoors. That turned out to be a fail, which was really disappointing. I scoured the web for ideas and instruction, and even got some good advice from my blog followers. But it’s like it just wasn’t meant to be. I provided heat, grow lights, and water, but the combination was not exactly right apparently.
So, I started over. And my plants are doing a heck of a lot better this time. My next major anxiety over this adventure is transplanting outside. But with this weather we’re having, we are not even close to that yet.
What I did different this time:
- I mixed water with the potting soil and let it soak in before putting it in each of my planters.
- I left the heat mat on a little longer to make sure all of the seedlings came up strong.
- I bought a different grow light system that would essentially make the whole process easier on me. It allowed me to keep the light very close to the seedlings so they wouldn’t stretch towards the light, and I can keep adjusting it as the plants get taller.
- I started all of the seedlings in eggshells in an egg carton. (I don’t think this made a difference–it just made me stick to only starting 12 plants instead of trying to fill up all 72 cells in my other tray.)
Here’s what my new set up looks like. (Ignore the potatoes on the right–that is my husband’s project that I know very little about.)
You can check out the Adjustable Grow Light here. There are so many options out there, but I went with this one because I knew I could fit a good amount of plants under it and could keep it right on the floor. It does require some assembly, but it didn’t take me too long.
Watching seeds turn into these pretty little plants has brought me a sense of joy that I had no idea I would experience!