I’m in USDA zone 7b. I have five 5-gallon grow bags and I made a soil mix of coir, perlite, worm castings and bagged “compost” from the big-box home-improvement store. Its a bit light on the worm castings, and about even between the other three.
I should have auto-flowering seeds arriving tomorrow, selected for “continental” outdoor climate, and I was hoping I could direct-sow them in each grow bag, in the basement under T5 6000k flourescent fixtures, then move them outside.
I also have a couple spots in the garden that I am going to try direct-seeding one or two seeds.
Would these approaches be advisable, or should I soak / sprout the seeds ahead of time and then plant them (direct outside and grow-bags)? Or should I soak / sprout, then put into smaller pots, then into the grow bags as they get bigger?
I know that’s a lot of questions. Thanks in advance for your advice.