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Post  katjohn83 on 1/4/2015, 3:28 pm




So what do you do when its been raining for three days? Build an new indoor seed starting greenhouse in the garage.
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Post  Kelejan on 1/4/2015, 5:29 pm

Well done, kat. Look forward to seeing lots of starts.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 1/4/2015, 11:36 pm

Looks pretty nice.

I know many more people with garages than I know people who have any room to spare in their garages.
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Post  sanderson on 1/5/2015, 12:21 am

Good looking seed rack!
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Post  quiltbea on 1/5/2015, 5:07 pm

Wowsa, nice job and plenty of room for lots of starts, including mine. Rolling Eyes
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/6/2015, 8:30 am

Looks great, Katjohn!  Fill 'er up and keep posting pix!

And welcome to the forum...  Glad you're here. Smile
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Post  sanderson on 1/6/2015, 1:58 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:I know many more people with garages than I know people who have any room to spare in their garages.
rofl So true. And, we have a 3-car garage.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/6/2015, 1:59 pm

Yeah, we let the cars sit in the driveway & rust.  We've got a workshop that takes up the entire garage...
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Post  katjohn83 on 1/6/2015, 4:21 pm

I tried a small space heater in the bottom to keep the temp constant but it would go up to 100 deg then shut off and fall to 60.
So I am having trouble keeping a constant 75-80 like I want.  Any ideas?
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Post  sanderson on 1/6/2015, 4:35 pm

That can be a problem with a tall unit and the heat source at the bottom.  Since hot air rises, maybe a vent at the top of your tall unit?  The heater will run more.  Couple thickness of carpet remnants on the floor to keep the cement chill out of there? Old fashion hot Christmas lights around the lower racks? I guess there is no chance this can go in the house? Very Happy
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Post  yolos on 1/6/2015, 6:27 pm

One year I used a crock pot on the bottom shelf filled with water.  Worked pretty good.  I could run it all night on low.  Just have to open the space up during the day to allow the humidity to escape.  I think the idea came from Jimmycee?????
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Post  R&R 1011 on 1/7/2015, 12:36 pm

I have a question.  If you use a greenhouse like the OPs you dont have to use a heat mat right?  If you do the crock pot idea with the plastic closed thats all you need to sprout your seeds right?  Tractor Supply had their greenhouse like OPs on sale for $20 this week.
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Post  katjohn83 on 1/7/2015, 6:13 pm

That is what I am counting on R&R. I don;t like the cost of heat mats especially as many as I would need. I like the crockpot idea. I may try that this weekend. I may have to but the wife a new one but that would be ok.  Very Happy
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Post  yolos on 1/7/2015, 6:37 pm

Just a word of warning here.  I used my crock pot for a little green house the size of the OP's.  It was on my back porch.  I only used it to keep the plants a little warmer at night not as a seed germination substitute.  I used a seed germination mat inside when I was starting seeds.  Then after a while, I moved the seedlings outside to the tiny greenhouse and kept them from freezing at night with the crock pot.  These were slightly cold tolerant plants like brassicas and lettuce.
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