Tuesday, March 6, 2012
dining room greenhouse
I use the shelving from my pantry that normally has dry food items stored on it.
I roll this into the dining room and place it in front of the sliding glass doors with a very sunny western exposure. Flats are filled with soil less mix and placed on plastic garbage liners.
I hang shop lights with regular bulbs in them, keeping the lights on about 12 to 14 hours a day.
Regular bulbs are much cheaper than "grow light bulbs". And they seem to work just fine.
The lights are hung from chains that can be moved up as the plants grow.
All lights are plugged into one power strip to make it easy to turn on or off.
I fill a shallow plastic bin ( like an under the bed storage bin) with water and set the flats into it, every day or every other, for about 20 min or so for a "bottom watering" only. But I do mist occasionally.
The only plants I have had to throw out were the ones I started too early! ( overly excited !)
Counting backwards from the package date to maturity, I simply plant the seeds and water!
Well, basically lol.
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