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My new seed starting and seedling station..

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My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  jamesindetroit on 2/25/2012, 4:58 pm

So here in Michigan, the weather has been super warm. I've had spring fever something fierce, and it got worse when I started planting my spring seeds.

Last year, we had a horrible time with seeds, germination, and a late start. But this year, I wanted to build something that was practical for our small living space AND appease my SFG addiction! As some of you know, my SFG's are on the patio because we have no yard.

So real estate is always a premium.

I also have to factor in a 1 yr old toddler, a mischievous cat, and a wife who is cramped when she is moving about the condo. The latter problem is because I HAVE GARDENING STUFF EVERYWHERE.

So...I built a new shelving unit. With all the tutorials and demos available, the small PVC 4 x 2 types were going to be too impractical. I tried to modify an existing bookshelf, but 24" Shop lights cost MORE than 48".

So here is a pic of the new system,




The setup was easy. The tier system has stoppers that allow you to adjust each tier in 1" increments, allowing you to adjust accordingly for plant height. This is more appealing to me instead of constantly moving the chains on the shop lights and risking a broken bulb. I chose to do two tiers, which would allow me to grow about 288 plants at a time if need be. This is also me thinking forward when I have more room for plants in the garden when we move in a few months.

The price breakdown only includes the shelving, lights, and a timer. The domes, seed trays, heating mat, and thermostat came to about $120.00.

Items
and Materials

Cost w/Tax

5 Tier Chrome Wire Shelving

$84.77
2 Outlet (grounded) Timer

$11.63
(2) - 4ft 2 Light T-12 Shop Light

$21.06
(4) - 4ft Plant/Aquarium T-12 Bulbs $35.37


Grand Total

$152.83
Total Time to Setup

1.5 Hours

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Re: My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  Furbalsmom on 2/25/2012, 6:02 pm

jamesindetroit, what a great set up. The shelving unit looks pretty space efficient.

My son has salt water aquariums, and is encouraging me to try the aquarium lights because of their better color and light intensity. Maybe next year. Good Luck with your seedlings.

Just wait until next year when the 1 yr old can reach even more. My 20 month old grandson was just visiting and decided to help thin my seedlings this past week.

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Re: My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  georgiahomegarden on 2/25/2012, 6:59 pm

That is an awesome setup you have got and I just went through the same process myself this year. My wife is seven months pregnant and has made it clear that my seed starting area must be banished to the laundry room. Razz


My costs were a little less than yours, but your setup is much larger than mine.

http://georgiahomegarden.blogspot.com/search/label/Seed%20Starting

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Re: My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  n2o2diver on 2/25/2012, 8:15 pm

Love your boxes they look great. I got my lights and seedlings in a closet and it is working out well.

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Re: My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  Windsor.Parker on 2/26/2012, 1:10 am

James,
That's a great station! Just be sure to anchor it to prevent tipping.
We're empty nesters but the "Boss" still relegated all my indoor stuff to the basement. Turns out, it's a very useable space though - steady ambient temp, waterproof floor, quick access to back yard garden, kinda kid-proof (4 y/o grandson loves to explore).
I wish I'd seen your set-up back in December, 'cause I have that SAME shelving unit. Could've saved myself some time & $$$ (for more MM). Oh well!

Oh!, and as for your raised beds... Now, THAT'S what I'm talkin' 'bout!
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Re: My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  jamesindetroit on 2/26/2012, 8:45 am

@Georgia, your setup works! If I could give a little advice, I'd prop your seedling trays up closer to the light to prevent the "legginess". As they mature you can lower the seed tray.

@n2o2, thanks for the compliment. Happy gardening to you!

@Windsor, It was more costly than I would have wanted. I too will be in the basement when we move to our new place. I'll probably hold off on anchoring it for now. That's the reason the air purifier is on the base, it's pretty heavy and keeps it from wobbling.

But, when we do move..I hope to build a greenhouse in the yard! Woohoo!

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Re: My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  jpatti on 2/26/2012, 9:44 am

I also don't like the chains for moving lights up and down. Pretty much takes two people to do it.

I have a more redneck solution though. My plant tray sits on two 2x4s. When they get taller, I slide one of the 2x2s the other way. When taller still, slip it out. When taller still, slide the second one the other way. By the time, I'm considering removing the second 2x4, it's pretty much time to move to the garden anyways.

My plant stand has 2 shelves so I can do different heights; I'd like more flexibility (to do 3 or 4 heights), but this works for now.

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Re: My new seed starting and seedling station..

Post  georgiahomegarden on 2/26/2012, 7:18 pm

@jamesindetroit wrote:@Georgia, your setup works! If I could give a little advice, I'd prop your seedling trays up closer to the light to prevent the "legginess". As they mature you can lower the seed tray.

@n2o2, thanks for the compliment. Happy gardening to you!

@Windsor, It was more costly than I would have wanted. I too will be in the basement when we move to our new place. I'll probably hold off on anchoring it for now. That's the reason the air purifier is on the base, it's pretty heavy and keeps it from wobbling.

But, when we do move..I hope to build a greenhouse in the yard! Woohoo!

Thanks, I will make sure I do that.

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