High heat and watering

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Hi all,

I live in southern California in a desert climate. It is routinely well over 100 degrees at my house. Today I planted 24 Morning Glory seeds in the little egg crate cartons, 12 Poppy seeds in another planter, and also a bunch of Marigold seeds in another larger planter. My understanding is that I should not let the soil get dry because the seeds will not produce. Given the heat here (it's mid-90s right now) and seeing how these are in the little fiber cartons, do you have any suggestions on how to keep these moist without drowning or washing the seeds away? I can't be out there watching because I work all day but that's when they get the best sun as well.

Thanks!

Mike
 
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Seeds do not need sunlight to germinate. Germinate them inside or in the shade. When germinated place them in morning sun afternoon shade. After hardening off the heat won't bother them near as much. Place the egg cartons in a casserole dish and a little water. You won't overwater because of evaporation.
 
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Like @Chuck is suggesting, its just another method to cover to create a moderated environment so you can protect them when tender and new. Cloth with a light weave that allows airflow and light is commonly used. Its that same idea as a cold frame in colder climates.
 

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