This year I decided to ramp up my seed production. Of course this requires bigger and better equipment. Living in a house with small children, space is at a premium, so I needed somewhere better to stack seed trays. Hence the new seed rack. Lots of vertical room to place many trays.
My fiance helped me put the rack together. We carried it down to the laundry room so it wouldn't be in the way. It wasn't too hard to set up. I bought two 48 inch shoplights so far. I plan on buying two more, so that a shoplight will hang from underneath each shelf. Each shoplight gets one warm and one cool bulb.
This year I got smart and wet the seed mix BEFORE I put it into the trays. This is messy, but prevents floating all your seeds later when you try to water the soil. Tweezers are excellent for placing tiny seeds into the right places.
So far, I am using two shelves. I didn't want to get too crazy before we moved. The two shelves I am using are really full though. Don't mind the dying houseplant underneath.
These are the indoor herb pots that my son got me for Christmas. Probably some of the basil will get transferred outside after the frost is done later in the spring.
I am really excited about the onions I started. I have two different kinds, and they are growing really fast. I've never done onions before, so I'm excited to see how they work. The onion seeds were hard to place in the open tray. I used a ruler to place them equal distances apart. I might use a homemade seed tape next time.
Some of my pepper seeds are popping up through the soil. I pre-germinated all the pepper seeds using an idea I got from @getinthegarden on twitter. I put all the seeds on a wet paper towel and folded them up carefully. The paper towel goes into a bag in a wet, warm place, with the bag open just a bit for ventilation. You check daily to air it out and see if seeds have sprouted. When they sprout, you can just pop them into the soil. I germinated my pepper seeds in around a week!
The little pepper seeds put out a root, I set them on the soil as I took them out of the paper towel, then I gently pushed them down into the soil at the proper depth.
Do you start seeds indoors too? If not, you should. It can be a little intimidating at first, but once you have success, you will be so encouraged you will have to start more!