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Old February 21, 2017   #1
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Default Starting Seeds Indoors - Guide tips

Hello,

Its my setup for starting seeds indoors.

Equipments, tips, improving germination methods...

Steps ---> How to start seeds indoors


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Old February 21, 2017   #2
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Let me apply the formula for success during the internet bubble:

1) Stick some seeds in the ground.
2) Go to church and light a candle.
3) ??
4) Tomatoes!



Amazing that (most of us) got through it.
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Old February 21, 2017   #3
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A couple of comments about the presentation:

* Scarification and cold treatment is optional for toms and peppers. I keep my seeds in the fridge anyway, and have never used scarification.
* You mention T12 an T5 fixtures, but T8 seems to be the sweet spot for $/efficiency.
* No need for "grow lights" or expensive tubes.
* Your pics show fixtures way too far above the little growers.
* I never use peat pots; the ones available here are too thick and restrict the roots.
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Everyone has their way. Lots of good info but agree that much gear is not needed and is scary to beginners as well as expensive.
How did anyone's granny manage to start a seed 50 years ago? In a soup can full of actual dirt on a windowsill right? Still can be done too with fast and easy to grow Seedlings like tomatoes. Some plants are difficult to start from seeds and require specialized lighting, seed treatment, temperature etc. Lots of great photos in here and you have some great equipment that would be awesome to use for sure!
I grow lots of seeds each year and tomatoes are about the easiest really to start without a lot of trouble or special techniques.
I am not criticizing your work, just that I always like to encourage new gardeners to explore seed starting and I just want new gardeners to not be intimidated and to know that simple ways can also work with beginner-friendly seeds like tomatoes.

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USA Gardening in Montreal.

Just thought that was kinda humorous.
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