We’ve got our third round of seeds tucked into some damp paper towels on the seedling heat mat – moist and toasty!
We’ve got some that we’ve grown before (sweet basil, genovese basil, cilantro, arugula, collards), some that we haven’t (habanero, mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, savory, parsley), and one that we have tried before but despite the fact that it is supposed to be incredibly easy to grow we have yet to do so – lettuce.
Our jalapeño plants are still producing HOT peppers downstairs, but everything else has been cut down so it’s a good time to get these new seeds going. We’re still figuring out how we plan to expand our hydroponics setup with our new lights – might try a different layout with large PVC pipe instead of bins for some of the larger plants like collards and (hopefully) lettuce.
If this is your first attempt at germinating seeds, this is an easy way to do it. Generally they like it damp, warm, and dark, so ours are on a damp paper towel (not sopping wet) on a regular dinner plate, covered with another damp paper towel and another dinner plate upside-down on top of that (like a cover, to keep out the light). Finally, that’s sitting on a small seedling heat mat that you should be able to find at most garden/hydroponics stores. DO NOT use a regular heating pad like the kind you would use on your back. Make sure you read all the directions and warnings before using your seedling heat mat.