I built another seedling starting box. I now have 4 CFL lights instead of 2, and the box is taller. I was worried about the plants getting too tall before they are ready to go outside. Heat was really starting to build up with 4 lights, so I made some vents on top of the box to keep the heat at a manageable level.
I was also initially concerned about not using specially made grow lights because I didn’t want to waste time and have to replant. That doesn’t seem to be a factor, and that doesn’t really surprise me. Any time there is a hobby of any sort, manufacturers will label something for special use so they can charge a premium for it, when the cheaper generics will do just fine. They just slap a different pretty label on it.
On 2/3, my pepper seedlings were maybe 1 1/2″ tall. On 2/11 my best one is about 3″ and they all look good. They all have at least the first set of true leaves. I notice the growth daily.
I also started a small Kratky Method hydroponic setup growing lettuce. It’s just a plastic coffee can with an improvised net cup thru the lid. The nutrients I’ll add are some cheap Miracle Grow crystals, epsom salt, and calcium / micronutrients dissolved from egg shells. Lettuce is supposed to be really forgiving when it comes to “improper” growing methods, and I will see how forgiving it is.