Lessons learned from seed starting
I used to start all my plants from seed and had pretty good success, but this year I made a big mess and learned a few things not to do. My technique is to plant 8 to 10+ seeds per pot in seed starting mix until the second set of leaves grow. Then I divide them into pots of their own. I make newspaper pots from one of these - https://www.lehmans.com/product/the-potmaker. (That part works well.) I grow them under fluorescent tubes, try to keep the leaves about 2” below the tubes, and use a timer to keep the lights on about 16 hours a day.
My mistake was getting impatient and repotting them too small because I was late getting started. Worse, I planted them into a mix of half potting soil and half garden soil. I thought it would be a good transition, but it was like sending toddlers into a coal mine. I wised up a couple weeks ago and potted the rest into seed mix and decided to start using Miracle Grow. They are much happier, and may even make vegetables by September.
The first picture shows how close I put the seed and the second picture (next post) shows my set up in the basement.