VEGAN VEGETARIAN OMNIVORE: The latest from the genius of Anna Thomas (“Vegetarian Epicure,” “Love Soup”) welcomes all of us to the same table.
LADBROOKE SOIL BLOCKERS: Many experts swear by soil blocking (as opposed to sowing in cells or open flats without blocks). The tools for making blocks, in various sizes. Note: The mix you use must be rated for blocking.
JOHNNY’S 512 MIX: I’ve ordered this for germinating purposes for years. Has organic nutrients (fishmeal, not chemicals) added. Works for soil-blocking, too.
HYDROFARM GERMINATING MAT: Hydrofarm 9 x 19.5-inch heat mat fits one tray. Also comes in double-wide (for two trays), and up to 5-foot-long pro version.
SOLO 2-LITER ONE-HAND PRESSURE SPRAYER: I mostly bottom-water seedlings, but during germination and when seedlings are tiny I mist them with this handy sprayer.
HYDROFARM JUMP START T5 SYSTEM: Just one 4-foot bulb on an adjustable super-lightweight frame; can accommodate two flats.
HYDROFARM FLP24 T5 HOOD: Fitted with 4 bulbs so the hood is 2 feet long by 11 inches wide. Must be fitted with hardware to raise and lower from a stand or shelf you provide; hood is about 10 pounds.
MILLIARD 2-FOOT PLANT STARTER: Adjustable, lightweight two-bulb T5 hood; accommodates one tray.
HYDROFARM T5 4-FOOT: With six tubes, the light footprint is about 46 inches by 18, enough for four flats sideways. Note: Must be fitted with hardware to raise or lower from a shelf or stand you provide for the 25ish-pound hood.
RAIN GAUGE, from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, has been my go-to gauge for eons. Every few years I forget and let one freeze and crack, and order a few more. I have them stationed around the yard and oh, are they ever accurate. Low tech and wonderful.