It’s that time of the year again, time to start a few things from seed for planting in May. This year I got off to something of a late start and didn’t put my seeds in until March 17 – well better late than never.
|My basement potting bench|
Since a real greenhouse quality setup is beyond my needs and budget I use a 5-shelf metal rack with fluorescent shop lights on each level. This is all plugged into a timer so I can control the amount of light, very important since this is all setup in my basement! My big splurge was a heat mat which I use for the initial seed germination step.
I usually start my tomatoes, peppers and basil in the rack and sometimes I’ll also start chamomile or some annuals. Last year I discovered the zinnias were just as happy to start outside directly in the garden around the beginning of June. Last frost in my area is officially around May 15 so I usually don’t set out the tender annuals until Memorial Weekend.
This years varieties:
German Orange Strawberry
Pepperoncini (Italian Peppers)
Fernleaf – this is an experiment, never grown dill from seed purposely