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Gardening Under the Lights

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The seeds are in, and the grow light is casting its full-spectrum glow over them. Most seeds don’t actually need the light until after the little plants have emerged from the soil, but celery seeds need light to germinate. So the light is on.

I don’t have the ideal system or the best equipment for starting seeds indoors. I have a variety of seed-starting tray kits that I’ve bought from various seed and garden-equipment sellers, from deluxe hooded wicking systems to plain plastic trays. This year, I’m using deep-cell hinged trays, paper egg cartons and toilet paper tubes. I’m not sure whether one works better than another; I just use one method until the equipment wears out, then try something else. It’s really the care you give the seedlings that matters.

Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, and a few flowers are always on my list for starting indoors. So they get most of the space in the trays. But this year, I’m also trying something crazy: carrots. I know, root vegetables are best direct-seeded in the ground. I have no expectations, but I wanted to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.



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