gardening seed starting Uncategorized vegetable gardening

To grow or not to grow, that is the question.

In all honesty, I’m not the one who starts seeds here at Conner Country Gardens, my wife has that chore. However, I do provide a certain amount of input.  How many tomato plants to start and what variety of heirlooms is about the gist of it. And I’m okay with that, it’s more important for me to make sure the grow light shelving is up and running rather than argue, I mean provide input, about needing more heirlooms.

We’ve been starting seeds indoors for the past 10 or 15 years. Ours is not a modern system either, no fancy store-bought shelving unit with gamma ray ultra violet XYZ  grow lights. Just a couple of planks sitting on cement blocks in the basement, a 3-tiered system that gives my wife enough room to plant six flats of seedlings, if she so desires.

grow light shelvingWe’ve cut back on the number of seedlings we grow, we’re a little older and don’t need the added work of having too many things to set out. We most always end up giving away a bunch of tomato plants, and for the past couple of years my wife has been starting extra seeds for a couple of her friends. Two or three flats is usually enough for our smallish veggie garden.

I suppose there are better systems out there; ones with heat mats, fancy shelving, some with special lights that simulate the sun’s “electromagnetic spectrum appropriate for photosynthesis.” And I’m not against anyone using such a set up. But know this – expensive equipment won’t grow better seedlings. As a matter of fact, all you really need is a sunny windowsill!

By TC Conner

Pro hobbyist photographer, drone enthusiast, musician, husband and father.

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