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Post  countrynaturals on 12/17/2016, 1:27 pm

Mellen wrote:Question:  If I have the lighting setup, do I need the mat too?  This will be my first year starting my own seeds instead of purchasing plants.  I have no idea what I'm doing.   Razz   Thanks...
I use both because I turn the lights on around 4pm and off around 9pm to mimic the hours of the summer sun and the heating pad to keep the soil warm all night for summer crop seeds that might be fussy about such things.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/17/2016, 4:39 pm

I use a heating pad and no lights when starting my seeds. As soon as they sprout they come off the pad and go right into the sunny window. Well, unless it's cloudy for days and way below freezing, in which case they go on the kitchen counter in the under cabinet florescent light.

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Post  Mellen on 12/18/2016, 1:11 am

Thank you so much.  I will have to use the lights & heating mat.  I don't have a sunny window or enough counter space to use a fluorescent.

I keep thinking I need a new place with a better yard for my gardening.  Now I'm beginning to think I need a new house with either a larger kitchen, a separate dining room (Sanderson's seed growing space), or maybe a large mudroom (sunny, of course) to start plants in....AND a better (read larger) yard.

Maybe I'll start playing the lottery?   Razz
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Post  sanderson on 12/18/2016, 3:36 am

Melen, I don't use heating mats, and the flats are on a cool tile floor with beach blankets underneath. The lights are on a timer set for 8 AM to 10 PM. The lights start off 5" off the floor and are raised slowly as the plants grow.

The number of pots under the lights are determined by the number of squares to plant. 32 pots fit in a 10" x 20" tray = 32 sq ft of garden or 32 garden pots. I also grow flowers for the flower beds, so I have quite a few trays under the 4 lights. You just need to find a spot out of traffic for your set up.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/18/2016, 6:27 am

I use neither mats nor grow lights. I've got an east-facing window with small shelving units on a desk. So I turn the plants every other day or so.

Now, once the greenhouse is done.... I'm not sure how I'll handle it. DH has put electrical outlets in there for me, but I don't think he'll be thrilled with the idea of having lights on all night. And since the gh is on the east side of the house, I'm not sure how much I'll need them.
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Post  trolleydriver on 12/18/2016, 8:09 am

Mellen wrote:Thank you so much.  I will have to use the lights & heating mat.  I don't have a sunny window or enough counter space to use a fluorescent.
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Melen, for your first year I would try it without the heat mat. I think a good light source is more important than the heat mat. How much room do you have available for growing indoors?

In addition to starting plants indoors, you may want to consider "winter sowing" outdoors as in the following:

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/11/winter-sowing-101-6/

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/01/what-to-winter-sow-and-when/

http://www.bachmans.com/files/GardenGuide/WinterSowingGuide.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Uk1IREThQ&index=7&list=PLmiPsabET-W_0BqpgZjuV_pfaulbVSgVa

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/18/2016, 12:39 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:I use a heating pad and no lights when starting my seeds.  As soon as they sprout they come off the pad and go right into the sunny window.  Well, unless it's cloudy for days and way below freezing, in which case they go on the kitchen counter in the under cabinet florescent light.

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Oops! Embarassed You're right. Mat only until the seeds sprout. No need to waste the lights on naked dirt. Rolling Eyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/18/2016, 12:46 pm

trolleydriver wrote:
Mellen wrote:Thank you so much.  I will have to use the lights & heating mat.  I don't have a sunny window or enough counter space to use a fluorescent.
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Melen, for your first year I would try it without the heat mat. I think a good light source is more important than the heat mat. How much room do you have available for growing indoors?

In addition to starting plants indoors, you may want to consider "winter sowing" outdoors as in the following:

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/11/winter-sowing-101-6/

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/01/what-to-winter-sow-and-when/

http://www.bachmans.com/files/GardenGuide/WinterSowingGuide.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Uk1IREThQ&index=7&list=PLmiPsabET-W_0BqpgZjuV_pfaulbVSgVa
thanks TD. Using the milk carton method opens up yet another opportunity to plant more seeds. We're having good weather all the way until Christmas so I should be able to get a lot of these mini-greenhouses set up. flower
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Post  jimmy cee on 12/18/2016, 12:59 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
CapeCoddess wrote:I use a heating pad and no lights when starting my seeds.  As soon as they sprout they come off the pad and go right into the sunny window.  Well, unless it's cloudy for days and way below freezing, in which case they go on the kitchen counter in the under cabinet florescent light.

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Oops! Embarassed You're right. Mat only until the seeds sprout. No need to waste the lights on naked dirt. Rolling Eyes

Some seeds need light in order to germinate, lettuce is among them.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/18/2016, 7:03 pm

jimmy cee wrote:

Some seeds need light in order to germinate, lettuce is among them.

Shhh...don't tell my lettuce seeds that, or they won't behave the way I need them to. Wink
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/18/2016, 9:33 pm

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llama momma wrote:Does the heat mat stay on at night or do I turn it off to simulate night temps for new seeds just planted?  Have no idea what temps the unsprouted seeds want... and just spent 1/2 hour forum searching for this answer  Embarassed  I give up!
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Leave it on until the seeds sprout. What a Face
Yep. Then get the flourescent lights going, or southern exposure.
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Post  Mellen on 12/21/2016, 9:54 pm

trolleydriver wrote:
Mellen wrote:Thank you so much.  I will have to use the lights & heating mat.  I don't have a sunny window or enough counter space to use a fluorescent.
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Melen, for your first year I would try it without the heat mat. I think a good light source is more important than the heat mat. How much room do you have available for growing indoors?

In addition to starting plants indoors, you may want to consider "winter sowing" outdoors as in the following:

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/11/winter-sowing-101-6/

http://www.agardenforthehouse.com/2012/01/what-to-winter-sow-and-when/

http://www.bachmans.com/files/GardenGuide/WinterSowingGuide.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5Uk1IREThQ&index=7&list=PLmiPsabET-W_0BqpgZjuV_pfaulbVSgVa
Sorry Trolleydriver.  I'm a little behind in everything.  I'm excited to be retiring; however, this training other people is exhausting!  It's so much easier to just DO IT, than to explain it.  I'm not very good at the explaining part.  The end result is I get home, eat & crash.

I have a small house:  East side one window over the kitchen sink; south side one window in the dining area (part of the kitchen) but there is a porch which shades it so no light there.  The bedrooms are all on the west side.  Good sun comes through the two west windows so that might be a possibility?  The master bedroom has one window which faces north.  Not a lot of light there.  I believe I really don't have a lot of places I could put seedlings, so lights might be my only option.  I do like Jimmysee's crock pot.  That is innovative!

Thanks everyone.....  ME
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