I started my seeds a little differently this year. For the past two years, I planted seeds on a very small scale, using just a few peat pots and a homemade light hut. Well, this year, an unexpected gift from my gardening mentor (otherwise known as my dad) gave me the push I needed to turn things up a notch.
Dad has decided to garden 100% from plants this year. No seeds. So he packed up his Burpee grow light and heating mat and gifted it to me! Score! I’m using these with a moisture wicking mat I already own and it’s working great. Just enough heat and moisture to keep my seedlings happy.
I also tried some new seed starting containers this year. Instead of peat pots, I’m using seed starting pellets which expand with the addition of about an ounce of warm water on each pellet. Just in case the pellets were a total fail, I used an egg carton for a dozen seeds as well.
Turns out the seeds love them both! I didn’t plant a ton of seeds, mind you, but 100% of what I did plant sprouted! That’s never happened for me before. I think the combination of good seed starting soil, along with the warmth from the heater and moisture wicked from below the seed containers was a great combination. Unlike previous years, I’ve managed to avoid mold so far as well.
Here’s hoping these little guys grow up as successfully as they have started!