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Making space and saving space

Lightbox suspended

Hanging the lightbox is again this year part of the spring time set-up in the seedling room, when gear comes out of storage for seasonal use. In late winter, the fluorescent lights are put on the light racks, and removed after seedling production is over, usually in June, so the racks can be used as overnight harvest storage. And the lightbox, with its 4 fluorescent tubes, adds extra plant space when it’s need. I put it up today…

At the old farm, in the Extended Milkhouse, there was no space to waste, and it’s the same here in the new seedling room. That means clearing and converting the layout to fit the needs of the moment.

Tight quarters has a lot to do with the weather. Building a space insulated against our fairly brutal Canadian winters, and then keeping it warm enough for seedlings, is relatively expensive, and construction tends to be limited to the minimum you need.

In summer, the same insulation keeps the seedling room cool. It’s good to have a chill-out spot near the field, with phone and Internet (all the modern telecoms conveniences!), tea and cold drinks, chairs and a table…The more room the better. So, the lightbox goes up, and soon it comes down…

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3 Comments

  1. chris barrett

    Hello

    Im curious, does the artifical light speed up production? and if so have you ever done a test with no light vs added light. Id be interested to know, we have a little farm on Saltspring Island BC and its always nice to here from small producers, and any insight they can shed.

    Thanks
    Chris

  2. Just curious, how is a light box different from the lights on the light rack?

  3. nice informative post, hope o see the tomatoes in summer :))

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