While I’d prefer to do much of this outside in a green house, that’s just not in the cards until we move. So not only the seed starting happens inside, but also a fair amount of the early vegetative stage as well.
It definitely feels a little odd to be close to starting with the garden when there’s still a foot of snow on the ground. Totally not used to that.
Anyhow, I talked at length with a guy who runs a local hydroponics shop. While I’m sure most of his customers aren’t growing vegetables like we are, he had some good advice.
I’ll be taking the grow rack concept I had last year and building out a new one that is somewhat similar, but has more focused lighting requirements.
There will be a detailed post with pictures and so on once it’s done (the fixtures and bulbs are on order) so for now a quick summary will have to suffice.
For the first stage of sprouting and growth I’ll have fixtures with a mix of warm and cool white light, which is a well known and accepted way of getting seeds started indoors.
Once the true leaves are out, I’ll put them under a blue spectrum light. I talked to the grow guy and he said that all the research right now says that blue light is fine for vegetative growth and full spectrum lighting isn’t necessary.
We’ll use a simple timer to turn the lights on and off, aiming for about 18 hrs of ‘sunlight’ for the plants. I’ll wrap the rack with cardboard or something so that the light (and heat) will be contained.
That’s the quick version. Still need to order some new seeds this week … as is usually the case I intend to grow way more than I should. Oh well. It’s fun, right?