Monday, February 08, 2010

Lights, Camera, Grow!

Yay! The plant stand is up!
Of course, the only thing on there so far are the onions, but those 3 shelves will start filling up quickly in March.
I can't wait!
It'll be little green things everywhere. Winter doesn't get any better than that.


Since the light from window sills just won't cut it for healthy seedlings, we made this one from the plans at T's Flowers & Things three years ago. Very easy to set up and cheap, cheap, cheap.

The only problem we found with this design is that the upright sides should be much longer - there was very little room for plants as they got taller, like toms. We simply bought more PVC and cut longer pieces. Problem solved!
No matter how big or small the space you have, with a little measuring the plans can be changed to fit in just about any area, including closets. You could also add more levels if you have ceilings high enough.

The best thing about this design is that you can put it together so quickly (it took us all of 8 minutes to put up) and you can take the whole thing apart and store it in a very small space when not in use.
I labeled the parts, so assembly is a breeze.

What do you use for inside seed starting?

Happy (inside sowing) Growing!


ChickenFreak said...

Ooh! Ooh! Jealousy.

I've always wanted a proper seed starting setup with lights. The only reason I don't have one is sheer lazy laziness. But I'm jealous anyway.

(In answer to your question, I don't start seeds unless they tolerate being plopped in the largely unprotected ground. Laziness again.)

Tina said...

Hiya, Chicken Freak,
thanks for dropping by!
Well, then, have you tried Winter Sowing in milk jugs? It's about the laziest way (ok, besides direct sowing) that I know of!
And tis fun :)

dee said...

Hi Tina. The majority of my seed sowing has to wait until spring then I sow direct. A couple of windowsills are used for Toms, Peppers and Aubergines which is not ideal. I will have to look into those growing lights..
Thanks for Visiting
Dee x

ChickenFreak said...

Oh. Hey. Now, that's an idea. I used to read a winter sowing forum but never got around to doing it. That could be a very nice compromise to the quandary of not wanting what the nursery is selling, and not wanting to deal with babying seedlings quite so much. Thanks!

Tina said...

Dee, thanks for stopping by!
Maybe you have a small area in a corner somewhere for a small one? maybe a unused/used/second hand/cheap fish tank? (hey, don't laugh - they work great)

Tina said...

Chicken Freak,
Oh, do do it!
Please? Then you can be lazy and look cool/geniusyish doing it :)
And you'd have to post about how it's doing, and ya know, all that jazz...