Grow rack lights went on today for the first time this season. They're only for the rescued houseplants (orchids, wintergreen, heather)—I guess every plant deserves a place in the sun—but, I'll be starting super-early lettuce soon, a month earlier than ever, for an experiment in … [Read more...] about Grow lights, on!
The choice storage spot for tiny farm gear, especially during winter, is this giant shelf, where it's warm and dry. It's at the back of the Extended Milkhouse, the last 3-1/2' of the old ceiling, propped up on the leading edge by a beam across and 4"x4" posts. It would maybe … [Read more...] about The Big Shelf
Plant racks, light stands...I usually call 'em grow racks. They're filling up now. Pushed to capacity, the three racks can hold a total of 36 trays, 12 each, or four trays per shelf. So, depending on the size of the plug sheet—I use 38s, 72s, 128s, 200s—I can start between … [Read more...] about Grow racks at night
The grow racks are starting to fill up. First trays of eggplant and peppers, seeded yesterday, sit up top where it's warmest. The lights run 14-hours a day, on a timer, with an extra hour or so of early morning ambient sunlight from windows on three sides of the room. … [Read more...] about Grow racks in action
The new grow rack, lined up with its brothers, ready to go to work. The carpentry's real rough, but it's sturdy and tried-and-true functional. The addition of 3" casters has created an unexpected PLUS: when the racks are rolled together, the overall light from the fluorescents … [Read more...] about New rack ready to roll!