In past years, I've started my seeds in a small dormer with windows on the south, west and north side. It was never ideal, but it worked. Usually the plants were slow to sprout because it wasn't real warm, and ended up spindly but like I said, it worked. This year, the dormer was not available due to construction so DH made this awsome hot room in the basement. To this point, we've kept it about 85-90 degrees, and things just don't seem to be going well at all! When the seedlings started reaching for the lights, I lowered the lights, I also added some additional lights. The main light is a 4 foot double tube type, one is a flood light type and one is a regular bulb type, all packaged and sold as "plant lights". Many of my seeds haven't sprouted, which could be the result of old seeds but the ones that have look sick! Some have dried up and died, even though they've been watered. Some are just laying over. I've got little mushrooms growing where my celery isn't sprouting! Help me please, the thoughts of buying plants makes me ill!