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Old 01-20-2008, 12:15 AM   #11
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Its about time to start planting the seeds!!
My favorite time of the year is coming soon, spring and gardening!!
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Old 01-20-2008, 01:14 PM   #12
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I have never tried growing herbs but would like to try it this year. I think they should grow well here...
Hi, Barbara. Most herbs commonly used in cooking grow naturally on hillsides around the Mediterranean Sea, so they should do great in SC The flavor and aroma differences between fresh and dried are tremendous. I still use some dried herbs, and a few, like oregano and thyme, I prefer dried for some uses, but in the summer and fall, it's mostly fresh.

I learned last summer about making wine-butt chicken (not a beer fan) and we made it several times, putting different fresh herbs under the skin and in the can - dee-licious!
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:30 PM   #13
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Has anyone tried using the growing lights with their seeds?
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:14 PM   #14
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There's absolutely no need to buy special "growing" lights. As I said in my previous post, I use 4-foot long plain cheap fluorescent lights. I've been using them since '94 & they work terrific. I've started virtually every vegetable, herb, (& a few flowers) under the sun successfully with them. No need to feed the greed with "special" lights.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:11 PM   #15
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Breezy, so are you saying that I could do Ok with just plain old fluorescent light on my herbs?
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:33 PM   #16
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EXACTLY!!! My bushels of seed-started vegetables, flowers, & herbs that I've been starting that way since 1994 are testament to that. And many of the herbs I started that way ended up as windowsill herbs year-round.

You don't need expensive stuff to start seeds indoors. You just need cheap shop lights & a way to be able to raise them above the seedlings as they grow. I used bricks, but do have a more elaborate chain-hanging setup in the basement that we haven't broken out yet at our new place here.

The basic is to make sure the lights are appropriately close to the plants. You don't want them so close that the plants or seedlings burn, but you need them as close as possible for good growth. There can be a certain amount of testing as far as this goes. But it will work. I know it will - since I've been doing it successfully since 1994 .
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:24 PM   #17
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That's good to know! Thanks Breezy.

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Old 01-20-2008, 08:47 PM   #18
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My tomato seeds are here. Thirteen different heirloom varieties--do you think that might be too much for one woman all alone?

Nah.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:22 PM   #19
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LOL I did 5 varieties last year and thought it was too much.... but I would love to try 13!!!!! I decided 3 a year will be plenty, Nobody eats tomatoes here but me and my 4yo....
I will be starting my peppers and eggplant end of Febuary, hopefully THAT will be early enough. If not, oh well, there's always next year. :)
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:26 AM   #20
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Well, it is only me here, but I have lots of friends. Especially during tomato season.
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