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I was wondering how many here raises their garden plants from seed? Do you raise mostly from seed or purchase plants?
If you raise from seed how do you go about starting them? give tips on your best way of germinating seed. Do you save your own seed from year to year? also mention how you save seed as far as drying, storing them until the planting season. I for one , every plant in my garden was raised from seed I started, some were "winter sown" some were started under lights, in a soiless mix. I made my own bottom heat for starting seed, which really makes a difference, instead of 10-15 days germinating they germinate in as little as 3 days! I grew my own sweet potato slips, not with the standard water in a glass with toothpicks, but I built a "heat box" that stays a 80-85 degrees, using a small tupperware plastic box, aluminum foil, sand, and a piece of rope light that is totally water proof. the potatoes started sprouting in a few days and had 2-4 inch sprouts in less then 2 weeks. I just thought this might be an interesting thread on seed starting, and we could all swap ideas..
 

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Sadye, the way I made my homemade bottom heater I bought a 4ft x 20inch wide plastic box at a yard sale. it has 12 inch sides. I then put aluminum foil in the bottom shiney side up. I went to lowes and bought a 12 ft rope light (clear). I then ran it around inside the box on top of the foil. then I put in a couple inches of fine sand (playsand) with a 1/2 inch hole cut in the side or end I ran the power cord out side the box. the lights are water proof. then I just set my trays of seeds on top. the temperature of the heat stays around 72-76 degrees. most seeds will sprout in 3-5 days instead of 14-20 days. I also made a smaller version of this for growing sweet potato slips
 
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