May 9, 2020 – 9pm

I was very pleased to make a few crucial investments to the basement seedling room. A small space heater seemed to do the trick for temperature, although I probably need a humidifier as well. With my LED grow lamps, one T12 flourescent lamp, and two new LED shop lights, I feel like I have a good variety in lights and can test to see what setup works best, and keep investing from there, if need be. My last investment in the indoor space was a smoke detector, because my main concern is the electrical wiring, space heater, and buckets of water (to try and increase humidity), plus a plastic wrapped wooden frame. It seems a little shoddy, perhaps dangerous and risky, but I am going to forge ahead with what I’ve got!

Once I felt comfortable with the temperature, I put a bunch of seeds into old egg crates:

Tray 1 – 6 varieties, 3 slots per variety (from top to bottom):

  • Tomatoes – San Marzano
  • Peppers – California Wonder
  • Tomatoes – Delicious
  • Peppers – Carnival
  • Tomatillo
  • Peppers – Poinsettia

Tray 2 – 6 varieties, 3 slots per variety (from top to bottom)

  • Basil
  • Garlic Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano

Tray 3 – 2 varieties, 6 slots per variety (left to right)

  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint

Tray 4 – 4 varieties (left to right)

  • Quinoa (6 slots)
  • Lentils (3 slots)
  • Black Beans (3 slots)
  • Pinto Beans (6 slots)

Tray 5 – 1 variety, 12 slots

  • Quinoa, previously sprouted

I just have to make sure to not move any of the trays and I’ll be able to track what is what!

06 May 2020

Seeding The First Greens and Beans

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May 6, 2020 – 4pm

Immediately after finishing the fence project, I sowed the first seeds in this whole shebang. Well, besides the pollinator flower blend against the house. I filled the westernmost row, and 1/4 of the far southern side of the easternmost row.

Lentils

  • 1″ deep
  • 1″ spacing
  • 8′ long
  • 75 seeds

Kale Blue Vates

  • 1/4″ deep
  • 10″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 15 seeds (3 bunches)

Kale Premier

  • 1/4″ deep
  • 10″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 15 seeds (3 bunches)

Kale Dwarf Blue Vates

  • 1/4″ deep
  • 10″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 15 seeds (3 bunches)

Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing (tape)

  • 1/2″ deep
  • 2′ long

Spinach Bloomsdale

  • 1/2″ deep
  • 6″ spacing
  • 4′ long (2- 2′ rows)
  • 8 seeds

Lettuce Gourmet

  • 1/2″ deep
  • 6″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 4 bunches of seeds

Lettuce Lolla Rosa

  • 1/2″ deep
  • 6″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 4 bunches of seeds

Arugula Slow Bolt

  • 1/2″ deep
  • 3″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 8 small pinches of seeds

Pak Choi

  • 1/4″ deep
  • 12″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 2 small pinches of seeds

Broccoli Di Cicco

  • 1/4″ deep
  • 12″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 2 small pinches (5 seeds per pinch)

Broccoli Sun King

  • 1/4″ deep
  • 12″ spacing
  • 2′ long
  • 2 small pinches (5 seeds per pinch)

Carrot Nantes Half Long

  • 1/2″ deep
  • 0″ spacing – sprinkle
  • 4′ long (2- 2′ rows)

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