Last year, my beau and I created this germination station for my spring seedlings. I used CFL grow lights, but I found they had two problems. One, they didn’t put out enough light, and my seedlings were leggy. Two, I recently learned that they can catch fire when they burn out! So, I decided to order a 4 ft x 2 ft grow light fixture that contains eight 54 watt T5 bulbs (6400K each). We immediately hung the unit on my germination station and voila! Great light over the entire heating mat (and trays), and it’s adjustable for when the seedlings grow.
This past weekend, I planted my tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds. This year, I also planted my squash and some melons, hoping that the transplants will be more resistant to the dreaded squash vine borer and actually survive to give me a crop. What I planted!