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...
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    I just used a regular personal heating pad. One that doesn't have an automatic shutdown after an hour or so. I cover it with a towel and set the trays on top. I do check soil temp periodically to make sure it doesn't get too hot, but haven't really had a problem that way with the single towel layer. Don't know if it's even necessary, but makes me feel safer! This IS with temp on lowest setting. I have used the mat 3 years, now, and it's a must for me - mainly for peppers and tomatoes. Don't use it for much else, be really need it for those 2. Peppers like to germinate between 85* and 90*, tomatoes like 80* - 85*. I have a 24 space tray - tomatoes get the outer cells and peppers get the inner - and they're all happy!
    3935 days ago
    This is very cool! This is what I was going to do this year, and plan to do next year. I have all the stuff except the light.

    What kind of heating mat did you use? I've heard good and bad about heating mats; did they work for you and would you buy them again?
    3936 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2010 5:42:14 AM
    Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
    4056 days ago
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    This is really impressive! I usually just buy plants. Your way is much better!
    4058 days ago
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    What a great idea you came up with! Those grow lights are a bit on the pricey side. Your invention does the trick just fine.

    4058 days ago
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