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patrob
Jan 11, 2013 9:08 AM CST
Name: Patricia
Central TX 7b/8a
For seed starting I use an old electric roaster, cheap one from Walmart that I bought to use in the concession stand when I was "lucky" enough to be junior class sponsor the last year I taught. I think it cost about $29 new. It's made of thin aluminum and not too efficient for cooking food. I also use it in the greenhouse or garage to sterilize seed starting and potting mixture that I make myself. This will be the eighth year I've used it at home, so I've gotten my money's worth without counting the use by the juniors.

I found the 80 degree mark below the first mark on the dial by putting a cup of water in the roaster and checking it at intervals until it stayed the right temp. Then I marked that spot on the dial with a paint pen. It holds about 25 small pots. Tomatoes sprout in about four days, and peppers in just a couple more. The lid keeps the pots from drying out, and I check morning and afternoon and move newly sprouted plants out into the light. The first year I did not check soon enough as I expected tomatoes to take at least a week to come up. I had some really yellow, long, and leggy plants. They did fine with repotting and lots of light, but it's much better to get them into the light as soon as they peek out.

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