What are you starting indoors? What's your indoor set-up? And how's it working for you?
Partner to R ('03); Parent to T ('07), A ('10), and E ('13)
I'm starting snapdragons, pansies, ivy geraniums, and strawberries (small variety similar to wild strawberries that does well first year from seed) this week. Really. I have been saying this since mid-january, but it's actually happening this week. Really. (My tall rocket snapdragons didn't bloom until almost August last summer, so I swore I'd start them in January this year... oops)
I'm starting bell peppers too as it's getting to be about time. I may start a few cherry tomatoes this week too, though it's a bit earlier than I ever have before. Ooh, and basil.
In early April I'll start kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and possibly some lettuce and spinach (or I may just direct seed the lettuce and spinach... depends on how much room I have under my lights). Also in April, impatiens, sunflowers, marigolds, morning glory, sweet peas, black eyed susan vine (or does that need earleir? must check), nasturtiums, dwarf cosmos, and.. and... I can't remember what else, but I'm sure there is more.
Um... cucumbers and a couple watermelon (I have never been successful with watermelon, but I'm giving it one last try) in early May. I might do a couple cucumber with the early April seeds just in case we have a warm early summer.
I've just got cheap four foot lights from home depot (four of them, two bulbs each) with cheap home depot plant bulbs in them. I have them set up on some shelving that I bought from Costco - we'll see how it works as I didn't realize when I bought it that the middle shelf wasn't adjustable, so I can't have them right where I want them. In the past they were just set up on a table and the floor with basicaly a stand made from piling old paint cans and books and running a thin board between them from which a light would be hung. I have them on a timer usually with eighteen hours on/six hours off a day.
My plants have done pretty well under them in past years, but I also end up putting a lot of early-starts out during the day and hauling them in at night when I run out of space under lights as I start later-starting plants. They grow a lot faster once they start getting the real sun, but I get so sick of the hauling in and out! I only had two lights in the past until last year when I had three and this year I have four, so I'm hoping to leave them under lights longer, and I'll have to wait and see just how well they do without getting outside so soon.
I'm living vicariously through y'all. We are waiting to hear if we can get a pre-approval for a house and then I will start planning, but I may end up buying some plants this year while "trying" to get some raised beds in the front yard. Being in my 3rd trimester in 8 weeks kind of puts a wrench in things. I will be trying to do my best to be outside as much as possible and doing what I can.
If and when I do start seeds this year it will be all paleo friendly veggies and some fruit. I think I want to make the beds out front perrenial herbs though. I will probably just fence off an area in the back for the rest for now and not put in raised beds just add compost to the top layer and maybe I will get to do a cover crop on it to build it up a little. I do want some tomatoes this year.
Cathy Mama to James(6)and Maggie Mae (1) Wife to Dave
And with #3 Due in August 2013!!!