Latest project - Grow Light Stand
Sunday, March 07, 2010
I've wanted one of these for a long time... bought the lights for it, even. Knew I needed a stand. So... decided to force the issue! That means I went ahead and planted my seed. Knew that w/ the heating mat they would be popping up before I knew it. Sure enough, 5 days later... green showing! Now I GOTTA get it in gear or I'll have weak little plants once again...
So yesterday I looked around on the net, got a couple of ideas, decided I did NOT want to make the PVC variety stand - PVC is great, but I have other ideas for what I have on hand... and I don't really want PVC on my counter... So - wood.
Most the plans I saw were for 4' shop lights, and I had 2 24" lights. Didn't want a long skinny, rather a short fat. Also didn't have 12" stock on hand, but did have 1x4 and some 1x6. (and some 2x2's) Took the majority of the day - partly because I didn't have both batteries for the drill fully charged... - but that let me get on Sparks for awhile, and took a mile walk, too!
Anyway, the babies are much happier, and more are getting ready to sprout, so... Planted 7 types of tomatoes - 4 sprouting so far. 5 kinds of peppers - so far just the Fish Peppers. Hopefully the others will soon, but it's only been 6 days now, so I need just a little patience!
After I turned on the light, I saw why other stands had a shield. I may put one on later, but in the meantime, the kraft paper does the trick (and is easily moveable when I'm moving a tray around...) And you can't tell in the pic, but the lights can be raised when plants get that tall. What doesn't show in the pic is that I realized the new sprouts need to be closer, so have raised the tray with seedling growing so it's closer to the lights. When they get taller, I'll remove their lift, and later can adjust the light bars higher by several inches. 'Course by that time, the greenhouse may be warm enough to keep them out there most of the time! Just need to wait to complete germination...