It is a bit late in the season to talk about seed starting but hopefully this will be helpful for spring.
Depending on what zone you are in, it's not too late to start seeds for fall harvest. We germinate our fall seedlings on tables under a shade tree. We live in Western Illinois (near the three rivers confluence) on the cusp of 6a and 6b.
Here is a video I created on Seed Starting 101 if you are interested.webpage
With the record breaking, triple-digit temps forecasted for the next 10+ days, it's hard to believe it'll soon be time to plant the fall garden (since it feels like the heat will never end).
Since I'm not able to do much outside, I think I'm going to gather the seed trays & other supplies and set up a spot indoors for filling the trays with soil and sorting through the seed library to see what I'd like to grow this fall.
I like the idea of having tables in the shade for the seedlings! Usually I keep them on my (covered) porch, but it can get a little crowded, so will try your suggestion. Thank you for sharing!
Kc, Thank you! It has been very hot here as well. We have also experimented with sowing seeds in our basement near a south-facing window and they have also germinated well!
We usually start our fall seedlings on May 31st for pumpkins, butternut squash, other winter squash, fall cabbage, and broccoli. We also plant multiple successions of root crops, greens, summer squash, and cucumbers throughout the summer for continual harvests.
I love your idea of starting seeds on a covered porch.