Tomato seeds sprouting.

I was happily surprised to find baby tomato plants peeking out of peat pots only two days after planting the seeds. So the cover came off the tray and I flipped on the fluorescent light to help them on their way. (I don’t have a big sunny windowsill or greenhouse for seed starting, so I purchased a cheap shop light.)

Having never started anything from seed in the house, I didn’t really know what I was doing with the lights. Perhaps I should have researched a little more, but I thought I had it under control. Apparently I purchased the wrong kind of bulbs, warm instead of cool, and with only one two-bulb fixture, the seedlings weren’t getting equal light. The two things combined to make my seedlings grow sideways and get leggy, meaning they were very tall and skinny.