Monday, February 1, 2010

Seed Starting Area

I set up a seed starting area in the basement on the workbench. For several weeks, I have been shopping around for shelving units that would accommodate a 4-foot shop light per shelf. I wasn’t able to find one, but I did find two 24-inch shelving units.



Placed side by side, I am able to hang two 4-foot shop lights across each shelf. The shelves are 14-inches deep and can accommodate two 4-foot shop lights each if I find that I need to place two rows of plants on each shelf.



I just need to find a heating mat, power strip with a timer, and settle on a soil block mix and I think I am ready.

10 comments:

  1. Very nice setup. You will love the heat mat. They make things germinate so fast.

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  2. Looks great. I have just a little bit of work to do on my retrofit, and I'm going to be ready. I think you'll enjoy this and you're very clever with your MacGyvering.

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  3. Nice setup! You're getting me really excited now. I guess those soil blocks will stay fine until you are ready to use them??? I was considering making a few in advance too.

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  4. Wonderful looking set up! Lots of room, lots of light coverage, and it looks sturdy too. I really need to think about expanding my light set up next year - as I am juggling seeds in and out of the light set up as fast as I can to make room for the next batch of seedlings. Luckily, the greenhouse makes a great "half way house" for the more hardy early crops. Honestly though, a set up like yours would give me a little more room and would be nice to have.

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  5. Wow, nice setup! Those shelves are awesome. We use them for storage. Seeing everyone gearing up for the season has me feeling a little envious! My garden is so tiny, my one little grow light is more than enough. HA!

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  6. That will work like a charm. I just know that you're gonna love growing your own transplants.

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  7. Mine are still set up from last year, but I want to get another light too. One just isn't enough.

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  8. Great set-up ! I love the wire shelving.

    I will definitely need to get some extra shelving and ligthing this year. Last year's set-up can't handle this year's list. :P

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  9. My heat mat is a simple back heat pad, used on the LOW setting. Works great!

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  10. Dan: Thanks! I have a heat mat on order and it should arrive next week.

    Stefaneener: It seems I can never just go to the store and find exactly what I am looking for. Or if I do, it usually costs more than I want to pay. So usually I try to figure out a different way.

    Thomas: The soil blocks were experimental. I wanted to see how they reacted to drying out a bit and re-watering. They held up pretty good.

    KitsapFG: I was obsessing about a seed starting area for a while before I settled on this. I think it will fulfill my needs. It is very sturdy and there is room for extra lights too.

    Momma S: I love the wire shelves. We picked up an extra one for closet storage.

    EG: Thanks, I am sowing my first seeds this weekend! I can’t wait!

    Miss M: I have seen your list and yes, you are probably going to need more shelving and lighting.

    Jimmycrackedcorn: I considered using a heating pad, but purchased a seedling mat anyway. It will fit one shelf perfectly.

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