help $200 budget
Hello newbee need help
Just purchase my house last year and I finally plan to get around to concentrating on my garden. I am starting a from scratch and even though I read a lot of the messages I am lost but I learned why my first foray in seed planting failed dismally.
I am trying to set up seed starting system for 200 plants (heirloom tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, eggplants, cabbages, lettuces, etc) on a limited $200 budget. From what I read, it look like I will be getting most of my supplies from local hardwares stores, home depot, lowes, costco and or bj. I might do a little internet shopping but the shipping fees will eat too much of my budget.
First on my list is a sturdy shelves system. I love the ones with caster but it might be out of my budget if I can't find one locally. Second is the plant grow lights (confuse but fluorescent might be my best option at the moment), power cords, surge protectors and ?. How many fluorescent systems and bulbs should I buy if I go that route? Although led intrigues me because of it low energy efficency, there is a lot of conflicting materials on how effectives they really are and it does not appear cost effective. I would appreciate some feedbacks on how much each grow light system will cost to run and increase my budget because if I am successful I will look to improve in the future. Third is the heating mat(s) if I am able to find an inexpensive one. I was thinking of placing the seeds that need to be germinate on top of boiler but fram what I read it might be too hot so I might go the water heater route.
Has anyone tried using eggshells to start seeds in?
Fourth is planting pots. Most of the vegetables I bought last years were hybrid in plastic pots so I will wash and sterilize those pots with soap and bleach.
The $200 budget is just for the inexpensive seed starting system in new york and any and all assistances will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all