I'm so excited! I know it's crazy, but I have Spring in my heart! I think this is in part because my seeds are ordered and I'm reading a wonderful gardening book that a friend gave me for my Birthday!!!
Lets first start with the seeds. Well thanks to the Vege Guru, we decided to split costs, seeds and got together to have a vege garden discussion. I think I learned a TON from that chin wag!!!! Thank you Vege Guru! You are a true inspiration!!! So now I am in the process of building an indoor Seed grower in order to be a good and wise steward of those baby seeds - planning on getting a head start again this year!!!!
So I read up on 'how to' do it yourself as the pre-made growing shelves are jolly expensive!!!! $70 for one small light strip!!!! And that's NOT a grow light!!! So for a nonimal cost, I have planned my own and gone ahead and am presently building it.
Ace Hardware have a Gorilla Rack on sale $29 in their flyer this week, so that is my rack to hold the seedlings. The dimentions are: 72"H x 34"W x 14"D. There are 5 shelves, which translates into 4 seed growing areas. Each shelf is topped with wood, so I have yet to attach my grow lights - from Wal-Mart. 24" strips at $10 per strip = $40 of lights. A bargin if I say so myself! I'm pretty chuffed with my economical buy! You can use florescent lighting if you wanted to make it cheaper. $2 cheaper per light at Wal-Mart.
I have yet to 'cover' the wood with some sort of laminated protection from water should it spill, and I still have a concern ... is the lighting sufficient to grow the seeds? Or would 2 strips be better per shelf?
That being said, it's coming along nicely! I guess time will tell! My plan is to start planting the seeds early February. When I get some photos up and running, I'll post them so you have a look too.
Spring isn't sprung,
The garden isn't riz,
All the vege gardeners,
Spring fever iz!
Happy baby seed hatching! Love, the Vegetable Garden Virgin!