Northeast Gardening forum: Seeking seed starting in a mini greenhouse advice.....

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Name: DawnieR
Naugatuck, CT (Zone 6a)
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DawnieR
Jan 1, 2018 6:23 AM CST
Hello All! I'm in need of some advice with starting seeds in a mini greenhouse. For the past 5-6 years I have germinated my seeds on my kitchen stove and then moved them into my small, tall mini gh (pictured on the right) to further grow, using small table lamps (I do not have proper grow lights; cannot afford them). The results of which are leggy seedlings. Someone had gotten me a bigger mini greenhouse (pictured on the left), and last Spring I'd set it up in my back yard in Feb or March. I had sown my seeds in plastic cups and set them out in the backyard gh to germinate. That took FOREVER (months) with most of my sowings. I even re-sown seeds 2 & 3 times before they would germinate. This resulted in late germination, which led to a very short growing season in the garden for me. (I'm in Connecticut, Zone 6). This year I need to do something different, since what I have been doing is NOT working. A question I have is, should I germinate my seeds on my stove, like I'd done in previous years, and THEN move them out into the 'big' gh in the back yard in Feb or March? Once seeds are germinated via sitting on my kitchen stove, will they die off if brought outside, into the gh, as soon as they germinate? Any help with my seed starting will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Name: Marilyn
CT (Zone 5b)
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RobinD
Jan 1, 2018 8:30 AM CST
Hi Dawn....I'm just up the valley from you! I would germinate inside, but keep the seedlings in until the 1st true leaves appear....then harden them off gradually, keeping them in the gh for a few hours during the day....not too much sun too quickly, otherwise they'll die....I would do that for several weeks before putting them out for good......
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 1, 2018 8:56 AM CST
If you still have the small one ?
Could you set it up indoors near a window ? or place your lamps near it ? And grow the seedlings until they are stronger and the weather is better ?
Name: Jim
Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
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MoonShadows
Jan 1, 2018 11:30 AM CST
If it were me, I'd either buy an LED grow light for their germination and first set of real leaves, and then start to gradually harden them off in the outside unit. You run the risk of them getting leggy inside if they don't have sufficient light, not Lumens but PAR. Or I would buy some heat mats and do it all outside. They took forever last year because the soil was probably too cold. Either way would improve your results this coming season.
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Name: Allison
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Name: DawnieR
Naugatuck, CT (Zone 6a)
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DawnieR
Feb 11, 2018 9:42 AM CST
Thanks All, for the advice. Here's hoping that this year goes better than last! Thank You!
Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 6b)
ellenr22
Mar 11, 2018 7:51 AM CST
I would consider winter sowing.
It makes seed starting easy. I think there is a forum here for winter sowing.
If not, and if this is something you want more info on, I can post a link.


DawnieR said:Hello All! I'm in need of some advice with starting seeds in a mini greenhouse. For the past 5-6 years I have germinated my seeds on my kitchen stove and then moved them into my small, tall mini gh (pictured on the right) to further grow, using small table lamps (I do not have proper grow lights; cannot afford them). The results of which are leggy seedlings. Someone had gotten me a bigger mini greenhouse (pictured on the left), and last Spring I'd set it up in my back yard in Feb or March. I had sown my seeds in plastic cups and set them out in the backyard gh to germinate. That took FOREVER (months) with most of my sowings. I even re-sown seeds 2 & 3 times before they would germinate. This resulted in late germination, which led to a very short growing season in the garden for me. (I'm in Connecticut, Zone 6). This year I need to do something different, since what I have been doing is NOT working. A question I have is, should I germinate my seeds on my stove, like I'd done in previous years, and THEN move them out into the 'big' gh in the back yard in Feb or March? Once seeds are germinated via sitting on my kitchen stove, will they die off if brought outside, into the gh, as soon as they germinate? Any help with my seed starting will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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