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Feb 23, 2010 1:25 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Sofonisba,

I think some of mine came up in around 9-15 days, but I truly wasn't paying attention. They were outside in milk jugs. Which, BTW you could do and save your electricity. Check out the Winter Sowing forum someone on Cubits.

I've got a few stragglers coming up now. They've been outside and germinated from seeds outside. I am so sold on Winter Sowing, I don't think I'll start anything other than peppers under lights anymore. It is so EZ and efficient, and there's not the hassle of checking on lights, etc.

You got milk jugs? Starbucks will give 'em to you by the truckload (er, at least by the bagful -- I was getting 'em almost 20 at a time...)

Poke some holes in the top and the bottom and then split it around on three sides about the height of the bottom of the handle where the label is. Then, fill with about 4"- of moistened potting MIX (not soil), sprinkle those seeds (I use my Sharpie marker to make a VERY slight indentation in the mix to drop a seed in, then cover it over LIGHTLY with a dusting of potting mix), sprinkle to settle them in, close the lid and secure it shut on two sides with a piece of duct tape, then put em outside somewhere they get bright sun.

Check em periodically for moisture, but if you've got snow then you don't even have to worry 'cause your snow will do the watering! Try a couple of jugs to compare to your light kit.

LMK how it works out for you.

Linda

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