Here's how it went down.
Oh boy, was I excited!
I had my seed trays (gift from a friend), I had my sterile soil-less seed-starting medium, I had a cute and eager little helper, and let's not forget the seeds: mostly flowers, but a few veggies too, just because I could.
Out of sight, out of mind.
These pumpkin plants survived, probably because they were not in the bin with the rest.
The result is about what you'd expect.
Some of them never recovered from being completely waterlogged.
The rest went on to live their lives out in my garden, for one summer.
What can we learn from my mistakes? Let's break it down:
A warming mat is optional, but is supposed to be very helpful for germination. Also, I've read that air movement from a fan helps them grow stronger, and helps cut down on mold problems. [More space! More outlets!]
This is actually my biggest reason for not starting seeds now.
Will there be a next time?
Also, next time around, it will most likely be all flowers; it would be nice to give my cutting garden a headstart.