|Arugula & Swiss Chard|
On Sunday (16th) I sowed arugula (rocket) in one of the boxes. Then on Monday I sowed 3 kinds of Swiss chard in another (green, red & multi-colored).
|Blue and Red Kale|
I also filled some plastic cells with 2 kinds of kale (blue dwarf curly & redbor).
Last couple of years I started greens in a germinator, but not this year.
Instead I'd noticed that my older (40w) fluorescent bulbs actually gave off a bit of warmth, so I lowered the bulbs to within an inch of the top of the window boxes/cells and loosely draped some plastic wrap over the moist potting mix.
Wasn't too long before a fine mist developed under the wrap and there was a noticeable warmth to the surface of the soil.
Hey! Free heat. And it works. By Wednesday the arugula had sprouted.
Guess it's official. The basement is open for business.
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