The second round of bell peppers is fast outstripping the first! Ten days of sitting on top of the warm cable box, in a covered plastic container, in vermiculite, and I have 75% germination. The box is quite warm, much warmer than the top of the fridge, so the vermiculite temperature is probably 75-80 degrees — again, warmer and moister than I kept the first batch, and obviously a happy growing medium.
I finally settled on a germination-shelf layout that maximizes artificial and available light and allows enough room for a tray, a fan, a watering can, and my “’08 sprout log.” I think I’ll leave the lights on during the day and turn the fan on at night.
It’s a modest set-up, and I’m only a titch apprehensive about how much it will bump up my electricity bill…
To-do today: transplant peps! Sow tomatillo seeds!