After a couple setbacks in my planning and preparation, I was finally ready to indoor seed my peppers today!
I put a folding table down in the basement to elevate my boxes off the floor. I chose my basement near a southwestern facing window so that 1) they get some natural sunlight, and 2) I don’t have to leave my grow light on 24/7 which cuts down my electric bill, and 3) it’s a good 8° warmer down there than it is on the main level (we like the house around 65°- 68°F)
I covered the boxes with plastic wrap to hold in moisture and heat for germination
I labeled them by cutting up an aluminum can. I have a lot of them sitting around waiting to be recycled.
I chose to start the plants in organic soil this year after not having much luck with the miracle grow stuff… I think it was over fertilized and it is spent after one growing season and doesn’t do much in compost.
Then I made sure to map my plant layout just in case something happens to the labels or table.
I planted jalapeños, cayenne pepper, and red, yellow, and coral bell peppers.
To plant the seeds, I filled the boxes mostly full, sprinkled in the seed, pressed them down to make good contact with the soil, and then covered them with a thin layer of soil on top. Then I watered them, and covered them with plastic wrap. We’ll see how soon they sprout!