Friday, January 15, 2010

Putting It All Together

seed tray and heating mat
Seed trays and heating mats...check.

seed starting shelves
Shelving and grow lights...check.

seed starting shelves 2
Timer and hooks...check.

Tomorrow is one day I've been looking forwarding to for a long time. My next door neighbor, who is an electrician, kindly offered to help me install some extra electrical outlets in our basement. (We only have one at the moment.) After we're done, I'll finally be able to assemble my growing shelves. Since our unfinished basement is fully heated during the winter months and is empty for the most part, I figured it would be the best place to house my indoor seed starting operation. It'll be a simple setup, but I'm excited to see how it will all come together nonetheless.

My job on Sunday will be to purchase all of the ingredients for my soil block mix. Thankfully, I think I've been able to track them all down. I'll be sowing my first seeds within the next couple of weeks. I can't wait!

16 comments:

  1. Looks good, Thomas! Hey, when you plant those little nuggets, make sure to rip off the mesh. It says you don't have to, but you really, really do.

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  2. I am so excited for you, Thomas! I have one little tray going now and even that makes Spring feel so much closer!

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  3. I'm supposed to wait until February to start my onion seeds. But we will see. The lure of seed starting is really pulling on me.

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  4. Second what Ribbit said! Those little peat pellets are notoriously hard to deal with and expand to retain enough water without getting moldy, rip off that mesh! Sounds fun, I am getting out my flats today from the shed and will be washing them out, etc. Here we go!!

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  5. Not only must I witness you picking veggies in December, here you are getting ready to seed soon. Oh, the agony ... Is there no justice ? :)
    This is such an exciting time ! Looks like a great kit, Thomas and you'll have plenty of room in the basement. Cool !

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  6. I am so excited for you! Your first seed starting set up is something that will make a big difference in your garden management overall - not to mention they are just a lot of fun. :D

    I am impatiently waiting for my Territorial Seed order to arrive - it shipped last Thursday so hopefully i might see it in the Saturday mail. I need my onion and lettuces to get underway for 2010.

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  7. SO exciting! Can't wait to see how it goes...

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  8. Looks like you are all ready to go! Can't wait to see it all set up. My light is setup in the basement already, currently growing some outdoor plants. Soon it will have veggies too.

    Your seeds arrived last Thursday. Thank you very much and I look forward to growing them.

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  9. This looks so very professional! A great start of a new season.
    I’m looking forward to see how it will all look in the basement.

    I have already sowed some seeds, but I never get home during the day to take a few pictures...

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  10. Thomas, you're making me anxious to get my seeds started, even though I know it's nearly two months away for me. I'm looking forward to seeing your setup. I'm planning to add a shelf to mine to double my seedling space this year.

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  11. Yea seed starting!!...hey thomas...just curious ...when are you able to begin planting outdoors?...usually May here...i start in the greenhouse in February or March.

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  12. Thomas, I'm excited for you. You will have a head start on us. ;) It's such a joy to have good neighbors.

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  13. Thomas - I'm excited for you! You'll love growing your own transplants. Good luck with everything.

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  14. Thomas..nice going....i feel spring in the air...looks like alot of fun....

    wishing you and Marc and Jonathan a wonderful weekend.

    more later, friend

    kary

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  15. Very exciting! I hope you have more than one heat mat though, once the bug hits it is hard to stop. Plus you mentioned that empty basement.......is there a shelf limit in place?

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  16. Looks to be a nice set up. You are getting us all fired up and ready to plant!

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