A tip is to use a spray bottle of water instead of pouring in water to the point that drainage is an issue. The moisture content could be described as soil 24 hours after a rain rather than soil the day of a rain or 7 days after a rain. Use enough cinnamon to ruin a meal, and mix it in with a sprinkle on top. Spritz it all in at the lastI do have a seed mat but still up in the air if it's working right. I was told seed starting mixes skimp on perlite and vermiculite. Had some extra laying around and was looking for a use.
Your loaf pans should have holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. If not then you run a huge risk of your seedlings drowning. The loaf pan then sits in a larger loaf pan and bottom watering is still a cinch.With my tomatoes and peppers I always bottom water. I have onions started right now in aluminum loaf pans so hard to bottom water.
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