In designing my little seedling table, I tried to do everything that was necessary at the lowest cost possible. I built a frame for three shop lights and hung it from the ceiling. I found out warming mats are ridiculously expensive, so I built my own out of foil-backed foam insulation and several strands of Christmas lights. So far it seems to be working fine:
|Here's the seed table so far. Do you like my ghetto heat mat?|
- Romanesco Broccoli (Seed Savers Exchange)
- Joe's Long Cayenne (SSE)
- Sheepnose Pimento (SSE)
- Broccoli (Burpee hybrid)
- Rosemary (SSE)
I think it's still actually early to be starting stuff, but I have hoop houses up over two of the raised beds in the garden, and I figure I should be able to put at least the brassicas in there pretty soon.
|Some of the Romanesco has been moved to peat pots|
This year I'll be growing a lot more herbs than in previous years. Rosemary is one of those herbs that I really love but I never get fresh. It doesn't grow wild in Ohio, and the house doesn't really have a lot of natural light to keep one happy in the house. So this year I started some under the lights. I'll put it out in the garden and see how it works:
Now if only Spring would come!