Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum. But not new to growing. I had an very successful indoors grow back in 2003 with a 400w HPS. Haven't touched growing since then. I've decided I want to grow outdoors now. Have a great, discreet spot picked out that gets lots of sun. I will be getting my seeds in the mail in the next few days hopefully. All feminized autoflowers (I want to get multiple 8-week harvests in this summer). But this weekend I'm going out of town for a week. I am impatient and want to germinate the seeds and get them going a little while I'm gone, since I dont want to waste any time in getting them started as the summer is fast approaching. So here's what I'm thinking of doing before I leave: the day before I leave, soak them in water for 24 hours. The morning that I leave for a week, I'll plant them directly into soil in 20oz party cups and put them under some bushes outdoors, out of direct sunlight (and later down the line I'll transplant them into the ground in the sun). I'll have the soil pretty wet (but obviously not swimming in water), especially the bottom portion of the cup, and I'm not going to cut holes in the bottom so as to not let the water drain. This will ensure that there will be enough water in the soil for the one week that I'll be gone, and that it doesn't dry out. Further, I'm going to cover the cups with a 1 gallon clear juice bottle. Going to cut the top off the clear juice bottles, cut a few holes in it to allow some air flow, and place it upside down on the cups. This will create a mini greenhouse: keep the moisture in, keep the temperature up at night, and keep away any animals that wanna eat my soon-to-sprout seedlings. I actually have this concept going under some bushes right now, and I put a digital thermometer in the the juice bottle (see attached pic) that records the humidity/temperature highs and lows. Looks like the lowest dropped to 59 deg F last night, the high was about 85 deg F yesterday during the day, and humidity remained a constant at 75-85%-ish. So far on the weather forecast it looks like for the week that I'm gone (next week), the temps will be around 50-low and 80-high, with some rain here and there (which is good since any water that falls through the holes in my mini-greenhouse and into the cup will be helpful to keep them from drying out). So hopefully by the time I return in a week, the seeds will have germinated, sprouted, and seedlings will be growing some. And then I can start tending to them much better. Sorry about the long post. What do you all think?