I already have a good little batch of tomatoes going from my initial seed starting last Wednesday (posted on Thursday). After they sprout a bit in the mini greenhouse (with heat mat) I pop the peat pellets into 4-cell trays and under the fluorescent light setup in my little "solarium" area. I actually had the first 4 pellets under the light after only 48 hours on the heat mat.
It's been quite cool and cloudy lately so I have a space heater on the chair in front to keep the temperature reasonable.
Under the fluorescent light, I have the tray of tomatoes (seen below) as well as a pot in which I have started some parsley seeds. They usually take FOREVER to germinate, so they'll be there a while. And I've got an empty tray waiting to be filled up on the right side.
The majority of what is shown on the tray are the Park Seeds Heirloom Rainbow Blend which includes a mix of Aunt Ruby's German Green, Dixie Golden Giant, Black from Tula, Brandywine Red, Big Rainbow, and Cherokee Purple. I planted 3 rows of 6 peat pellets ... and 14 of the 18 are already well on their way (some have more than one seed sprouting - I have promised myself that I really will pinch out the "weakest" ones and keep only the strongest seedling rather than trying to keep them all).
Top row L to R: 4 pellets of generic GIANT "Tomato Leader" tomatoes - a seed pack my mom brought me from Arizona a few years ago; a 4 cell pack with thyme seeds; 12 pellets of the Heirloom Rainbow Blend.
Bottom row L to R: two styrofoam trays of mixed lettuce greens (I can't remember what it's called), 2 pellets of San Marzano tomatoes; the last 2 pellets of the Heirloom Rainbow Blend.
And I had a surprise when checking the rest of the seeds still in the mini greenhouse - one of the Stokes Super Red Pimiento Peppers has started to sprout. Very exciting as peppers usually take a super long time to germinate.
In addition to my initial seeds started which I outlined in the post a few days ago, I have also started some sage and rosemary plus some other pepper varieties. I think all I'll do in the next week or two will be a few more herbs. I don't want to get too much started now - considering the current weather situation, it might be a long time before anything gets into the ground (it's dropping to -11 degrees Celsius overnight with a nasty windchill to make it even worse).