With seed catalogs coming in the mail almost everyday and all this talk about starting seeds, it must be time to get ready for some indoor gardening.
One of the most reliable seed starting tools that I use is the APS 24 from Gardeners.com. APS stands for accelerated propagation system. It should really stand for awesome perfect seedstarting because these self watering seed trays are really close to perfect. My germination rates are close to 100% no matter what I'm growing.
Just like other seed starting trays you fill up the squares with soil, seed starting mix or whatever you like to use to start seeds. But the self watering part is where these are different. The chambers sit on top of a mat that hangs down into the bottom reservoir. So as long as you keep the bottom filled with water, the capillary mat will suck the water up to the soil squares and keep them evenly moist. I only have to refill the water every few days and there's no more misting.
The 24 in the name is because it has 24 two inch growing chambers. There's also an APS-6, APS-12 and an APS-40 in case you want bigger or smaller growing chambers.
I'm sure there's better ways to start seeds but these trays have worked well for me.
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