Cleaning up my seed-starting act
The weakest link in our
current gardening year is seed starting. We often lose seedlings to
damping off or just to general legginess, to the extent that I sometimes
miss whole planting windows due to lack of transplants.
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The crazy part is that
I've known the source of the problem for years; I've just been too
stubborn to use electricity to fix it. Here's the deal: even right up
against our south-facing bank of windows, seedlings just don't get
enough light inside in the winter months due to cloudiness and short
days. And without enough light, they fail to thrive.
five years after figuring this out, I told my husband. Within two days,
Mark had determined just the right spot to place a plant shelf while
leaving space above to mount shop lights and a fan for optimal results.
I suspect once he reads
this post and finds out that I'd get even better results if I expanded
beyond the single heating pad grudgingly purchased a few years ago for jumpstarting sweet potato sprouts, I'll wind up with even more electricity use in my seed-starting area.
Yes, it feels
not-quite-sustainable to be using electricity to start seeds. On the
other hand, given the huge quantities of food we grow and the small
addition we'll likely be adding to our monthly electric bill, I think
this compromise probably makes sense.
And now I'm dying to sprout some seeds!