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We would like to start our own garden seeds at home, but the only space we have is in our basement. Does anyone have any ideas on starting this and what we'll need.
Hello from Canada!
It is easy to start garden seeds in the basement or almost anywhere in the house if you have blue and white florescent lights or even regular white lights hung low and over your seeds to keep them warm.
Under these lights, place styrofoam cups or egg cartons with a mixture of peat moss and soft black earth. One third peat moss and two thirds black soil per small cup. Add water but don't drown the mixture. Ordinary styrofoam drinking cups make good seed starter beds, but if you have the money, buy seed starter cups created from biodegradable material and eliminate the transfer shock.
Florescent lights give off very little heat (that's why they're used in offices, etc., -- no wasted power used in creating heat). They've been a total failure in many cases and require incondescent (heat creating) bulbs to warm the soil.
A timer on the light fixture is a great idea. Add a small, moveable fan to help strengthen the wee sprouts and consider sterilizing the soil before using.