Seed Starting Station

Reading gardening books might be the end of me.  I get tons of ideas and don’t know where to start.  At one point I got smart and decided to start at the beginning:  indoor seed starts. First thing was to build a  light stand.  Then we could grow greens  in the middle of winter without having to finish the greenhouse.

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A trip to the Re-store yielded a couple of two foot long florescent lamps.

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I took them apart and used one of the wiring connectors to connect them so that I would be able to wire them together.

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I also bolted them together with a couple bolts.

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I stuck a link from a chain in between the lamps at each bolt so I would have a place to hang the lamps from.

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Next was wiring the two lamps together.  I just wired them in parallel and added a cord to plug them in.

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building stand

Now we need a stand.  I built it out of scrap wood.

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Just something simple and clean to suspend the lamp from.

hanging the lamp

After hanging the lamp up I realized it needed a reflector to get more light on the plants.

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I used some salvaged metal panels from a shed.

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Lot’s-o-light!

We started a lot of basil under those lights.  Mommy Shea liked it so much she ended up getting it for her birthday!  This stand was just the beginning. Last winter our entire living room turned into a grow light extraveganza!  Right now we are transforming our laundry room into the designated grow room.  More on that next week!

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