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|I start my seeds in our front porch in march. the tick is lots of air movement otherwise you get spindly little plants that grow tall and then fall over. The air movement causes the plants to sway creating scar tissue in the plant stem making them tough and hardy. Then for a week in May I spend a lot of time hardening them by taking them out side for a few hours then a few more hours the next day until by the end of the week they are out side most of the day and ready to plant in the garden.|
I just set up an oscillating fan to blow on my plants down in the pantry. That works decent, too. Well, and petting them.
I use shop lights for light down there in my basement (I have no good place with natural light that's safe from kids), so I also rotate the pots in their flats so they don't *really* start leaning one way really badly.
Also, an easy/semi-clean way to just water the soil rather than the plant? Your peri bottle from post-partum. I kid you not. Works fabulous, I promise. I keep a pitcher or two of water down there to fill up the peri bottle as I'm sporadically watering.
Don't over-water either. My tomato lady says that's where first-timers usually lose a fair amount of seedlings. She's a fan of letting the plants go a day or three without watering, then watering deeply to get the roots going gangbusters. She's been doing it for years, and makes a killing at the farmer's market.
love the tips as I am brand new. does the fan blow non-stop? on low? how far from the plants?