If you're thinking about starting a garden, it's not too early to plan for the warmer months. The blog Old World Garden Farms explains that if you're thinking about planting seeds in the spring, you can give your garden a leg up by starting indoors — and it doesn't take too much space, money or light to make it all work. Here's how.
First, do away with expensive gear such heating pads or full-spectrum bulbs. Simple shop lighting will work just fine for the amount of time you'll have your seedlings indoors, and as long as your basement, garage, or other indoor space isn't below 4 degrees C, you don't need any special equipment to keep your plants warm.
The blog suggests picking up a pair of simple, dual-bulb fluorescent shop lights, a bag of potting mix, four empty planting flats with seed tray inserts, and perhaps some spare wood to hang your shop lights from. You'll assemble the whole thing as in the the photo above — with the soil and the seeds in the flats, and the shop lights hung low over the flats so they're uniformly bright when they're turned on.
Give your seeds about 12-14 hours of light each day, and in a couple of weeks you'll have healthy, hardy seedlings that grow straight up since they won't have to bend or turn to follow light from a window or a far-off light source. After about six to eight weeks, they'll be strong enough to plant outdoors. Hit the link below for a more thorough step-by-step, complete with photos.
How To Easily Start Garden And Flower Seeds Indoors On The Cheap! [Old World Garden Farms]