I've seen heat mats that you use to start your seedlings and I always thought they were for mambsy pambsy gardeners who can't start seeds the natural way. Sadly, I too cannot start seeds in an unheated greenhouse in January, even though I can get the actual plants (the hardy types) to grow.
I theorize that during the daylight, it gets warm enough to encourage the seeds to start growing, but because it gets so cold at night, they freeze.
Enter my brilliant idea to plug the Germination Station into a timer so that when the sun goes down, the heat comes on.
Some pumpkin mix, an heirloom mix of tomatoes (where the hell am I going to grow MORE tomatoes???), some long cucumbers that are "armenian" and some giant Swiss chard. I grow chard well, so this giant kind intrigues me. It will be one of the first seeds I try when I start my new batch of seedlings in the germination station.
The greenhouse is really just laughing at me. It and the Germination Station are just sitting back, having a grand old laugh at my foolishness. This is New England. We have cold winters here. If you're not going to heat a greenhouse, you can't grow anything.
Inside, I have my amaryllis collection. The one you see on the right is full of huge leaves, but no flower. This was the one I had last year that was so spectacular that I didn't put pictures up. (??) It was gorgeous with red blooms, all 4 at once. I let it die off like it said, and then I put it out in the greenhouse for the summer.
In November, I planted it again, gave it water and it shot up instantly. But sadly, no bloom. I didn't fertilize because I don't do that, so now I am left to wonder if it will ever bloom again.
This is the new one I got for Christmas this year. I was excited about the color. I had no idea it would bloom so quickly or remain so short! It's like 8 inches tall!