I have been busy, very busy outside and loving it. The weather has remained very mild and things are beginning to sprout.
I finally got in gear and had my hubby drag in my plant rack. This is a metal rack I got at Costco years ago and I think they still carry them. I have several of these and they are worth every dime we paid for them, very versatile.
I set it up with shop lights that have OTT grow light bulbs in them, I have some also that are Phillips Plant and Aquarium bulbs. Both seem to work. The rack resides behind my couch in the Bay window facing the South. With our wraparound porch shading our windows it does not get direct sun so no fear of cooking plants.
Since our living room has been so warm this winter I did not bother with the heat mats under the pots. Some of the seeds are sprouting already so I can see that was a good choice.
These Summer Carnival and Chamois Rose Hollyhocks have sprouted in less that 3 days.
I have a lot of specialty flowers I wanted to get started early. I have Apricot Gaillardia, Showy Milkweed (host plant for Monarch Butterflies), English Delphinium's, and Crazy Daisies.
I had some geranium seedlings that needed potting up so I got those done as well, now they can grow fat and sassy under the lights.
Next month I will start tomatoes, peppers and other more cold tender plants. These hardier ones can be put in the greenhouse when I need more room on my rack.
Playing with my seeds and watching them sprout makes me feel Spring is already here though we have several more weeks of cold weather to endure. I get a thrill each and every time something new pops out of the dirt!
Like I said before, my living room will not win any design awards or accolades but I love the greenhouse effect or should I call it a conservatory.
Come back soon and I will share something fun that my hubby just built me!
here is a link to a post I did last year that had a few more particulars on the seed starting.
Snowy day Seed starting