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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reflector-under

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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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 3, 2012 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    Very nice, Mike. Are you using grow tubes in the lights, or regular fluorescents?

    • Posted February 3, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      The light spectrum put out by regular 
      flourescents works just fine.  Special grow lights don’t perform really any better in my opinion and don’t justify the extra cost.  I try to get used bulbs from the Re-store if I can.

  2. Grumpyrumblings
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    Our lawn, otoh, is going to get some serious weeding done this weekend.  Dandelions and thistles suddenly decided to sprout up this week.  There’s also a ton of baby cilantros all over the place, but I will let them fight for dominance with the st. augustine and bermuda grasses.

    • Posted February 3, 2012 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      Consider keeping a few dandelions around.  They are one of the few early season flowers bees can forage on.  Our front yard has more dandelions than grass anymore!

      • Grumpyrumblings
        Posted February 3, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

        They get HOA complaining large before they flower.  But don’t worry, we will soon have plenty of flowering trees and bushes.  And of course, the damn aster is all over the place everywhere in the neighborhood.

    • Posted February 3, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      Yum, I love foraging from the yard.

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