When trying to start seeds for this spring, if you have trouble with your seedlings dying after they come up, called "damping off", run a small fan on low. That way if you overwater them, you won't have the trouble with mold growing and your seedlings dying. I also use a heating pad on low under my pan that holds the seedlings.
By laniegirl from IA
The fan has the added benefit of producing stronger, stockier seedlings. I plug mine into the same timer that controls the lights over the plants.
Thanks for the tip, I just started some seeds & have occasional problems with damp off. Also use STERILE soil mix. I use potting soil w/o problems, but some people use equal amounts vermiculite, perlite & potting soil. I stopped using the perlite& vermiculite b/c I'm trying to save money.
I have just recently started gardening so I am a baby when it comes to experience and I did something when I started my seedlings and they never died or few did. I bought a dish pan, peat pots, cheap soil from dollar store but held the moisture well, a water bottle, and a shoe bag (one that zips up, not see though but like a frosted)to let some light through, misted them every day, started wonderfully, and stayed alive for a long period of time. My guess is that it acted as a little greenhouse but it has never steered me wrong and they did really well. I have done the fan too and find it helps. All of them sat on the inside of a window that had majority of sun during the day. Few Damping Off and alot grew very well in the garden.
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