Yesterday, I finally started some of the seeds I bought last week. I used the Jiffy 72-cell starter pack. Here is the layout of the seeds I planted. I had to soak the flat parsley seeds overnight, so I added those today. I ended up soaking too many to fit in the last remaining cells of the starter pack, so I improvised and planted the extra parsley seeds in some tiny plastic cups. (We have a bunch of these that the MOTH uses to collect urine samples from Ghost and take to the vet. This enables us to test Ghost regularly without the disruption of a vet visit. He is 17 years old and has CRF, along with various other ailments so we like to keep him as comfy as possible in his old age). Anyway, so I punched holes in the bottom of four plastic cups, stuck in some moist peat that I bought to amend the soil in the veggie plot, and plopped in the extra seeds. I then put the four cups into an old Chinese food container that I use for storing leftovers and covered it with a plastic cover that I bought to cover plates in the microwave, but which I've never actually used.
Here is a photo of all the seeds, taken today:
72-cell starter pack on the right; circle of Parsley on the left
I have ordered a grow light and heat mats from Amazon, which should arrive in the few days. I probably should have waited for the heat mat to arrive before starting the seeds, but I am keeping them in a warm place for now. After much discussion with the MOTH, we decided to set up the seed starting station in the walk-in closet, since that is the one room the cats are not allowed into. It is plenty large, so we dragged up an old coffee table from the MOTH's bachelor days (Oh yes, particle board covered with marbleized laminate and fake brass legs - hands off, ladies, he is all mine). It may be UCTU (the ugliest coffee table in the universe), but I think it is the perfect size for my seed starting project. Once the grow lights and heat mats get here and the seeds have started to sprout, I will move them up to the closet. Pics to come!