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Yep, there are definitely bargains out there, but so true regarding the "varieties", indeed rather limited.

My interest in this project is rather simple, how much of the fresh produce can I get out of this little "mini garden"...

So here is my first feedback:

Delicious germinated in 3 days.
Beefsteak germinated in 4-5 days
Jalapeno germinated in 6 days
Hungarian Wax germinated in 7 days
Calwonder still sittin there, but not uncommon to be at 2+ weeks for the sprouts to show up... EDIT Germinated! 9 days for these guys.

And the stars of the show are:

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In a week or so, tomatoes will go into 2" pots, while peppers, being naturally slower will have at least 2 weeks before seeing full set of first true leafs, then 2" pots as well.

For all who's trying these $0.20 seeds - wish you best of luck, and please, do share your experiences!!!

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D
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wow, germinating in a mater of just days, I really need to get a set up, even if it is just for my tomatoes and peppers, they take so long to pop up outside, since they have to deal with the temp dropping all the time.
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As you said, Tomato and Peppers are the main reason I bought the heat pad few years back. And while I've had good success with out it, germination in my opinion is much more even and faster with it, specially for peppers.

Happy to report, that Calwonder is pocking out too! So 9 days for the bell. Under the grow light it will go later today to join the rest :lol:

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D

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Duh_Vinci wrote:As you said, Tomato and Peppers are the main reason I bought the heat pad few years back. And while I've had good success with out it, germination in my opinion is much more even and faster with it, specially for peppers.

Happy to report, that Calwonder is pocking out too! So 9 days for the bell. Under the grow light it will go later today to join the rest :lol:

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D
I agree with the heat mat. I have to full trays of tomato seedling the heated side started germinating at 3 days they are all up now 7 days later. The unheated tray has yet to germinate anything,

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It works indeed! You can really see the difference in germination time and consistency!

On those seeds, were were in town earlier today, stopped by a Dollar Tree for some odd things, and they too have a seed rack, 4 for $1.00, added Sweet Banana peppers to the list of this "$2.00 garden" :lol:

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D

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I got a bunch of 20c seeds the other day as well. they were re-badged burpee seeds. got them at my surplus store. :)

can't start them yet.. I need to get everything set up and I need soil and all that jazz:)

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anyone have any input as to whether a regular heating pad on low would be a good or bad idea instead of springing for the heat mat? Other than possible electrocution. I mean just as far as the seeds go. Is it too hot or too cool? Does the heat mat have a timer because the heat needs to go off and on? I know nothing about using a heat mat for seed starting.
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You will be pretty hard pressed to find a heating pad that stays on longer than two hours. I seen at Menards yesterday that the have a kit now that comes with the tray, dome, jiffy pellets, and a seed starting may for like 25 or 30 dollars. If you have a bit more room, check out my heating table in my 2011 grow log.

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The Mad Hatter wrote:...I seen at Menards yesterday that the have a kit now that comes with the tray, dome, jiffy pellets, and a seed starting may for like 25 or 30 dollars...
You can find those on clearance at the end of the year at Lowe's, that is where I got that kit 2-3 years ago at 50% off, including the mat.

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Duh_Vinci wrote:
The Mad Hatter wrote:...I seen at Menards yesterday that the have a kit now that comes with the tray, dome, jiffy pellets, and a seed starting may for like 25 or 30 dollars...
You can find those on clearance at the end of the year at Lowe's, that is where I got that kit 2-3 years ago at 50% off, including the mat.

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D
That's an even better deal yet. I have thought about getting a couple just in case my heat table goes down. You know, for emergency heheh :D

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Well, I found the discount seed rack....but no jalapenos. I'm almost sure that they had them last year, anyone remember?

I'm hoping that they will be getting different varieties in as the ones on the rack get depleted. I noticed this happened with the Burpee rack.
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garden5 wrote:Well, I found the discount seed rack....but no jalapenos. I'm almost sure that they had them last year, anyone remember?
Just came from there with some lettuce, radish and some flower seeds. And yes they did have Jalapenos, I was actually hoping they would have had some more pepper variety but a few. They seem to have 3-4 times as many flower seeds as veggie seeds. :cry:

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20 cent seeds.... you guys are so lucky down there!

I am lucky if I can find walmart 1.00 seed packs.

I wonder if they sell the 20 seed packs online. Do they have the same amount of seeds in the packets? I wonder if these are last years seeds that didn't sell and just re-issued under .20 cents?

Hmmm

Okay, you can say I am very jealous. :)

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ACK my last post, posted twice. Sorry about that.

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I got some okra, zucchini, cabbage, kohlrabi, pumpkin, wonder pepper, and radishes. And some flowers. I'm interested to see how everybody's do. Oh, and a cherry tomato.

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I looked at 4 different Wal-Marts and could not find the .20 seeds. I'm going to PA this weekend to see mom and I plan on looking our her way. I just want to start a bunch of different stuff for the fun of it and figured for $2 I could knock myself out.

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Found my .20 jalapenos! I may have overlooked them the last time since all of the ones on the packet are red and I'm used to green (won't even get into why mine don't turn red :lol:), but I'm almost positive that there were none there the last time I looked.

Well, at least I have them now :D.
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Glad you found them, Garden! Germination rate on Jalapeno was very good, I think 9/10 seeds came up...


Little update. Delicious and Beefsteak seedlings are strong and healthy!

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I'll let them ride in these 2.5" pots for few more weeks, then will join the others in 6" final pots until the transplant.

Peppers are doing equally well under the grow lights, bright green and growing as they should!

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Thanks, DV.

Your seedlings are looking great!
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