I have been very busy since Valentine’s Day and then my birthday not far behind it. I just had to post about how blessed I feel that my hubby knows me so well and is so generous! I have to admit, I feel a little spoiled!
For Valentine’s Day, DH purchased a 5 shelf rack for my seeds. I really needed this because the greenhouse is really not big enough to spare any room for a germination area, and I was rapidly running out of room in there! Since then, I’ve been busily setting everything up to start more seeds.
I decided the only place I really have room for it is in my office. I’m not really worried about the little bit of water or soil that could get messy in there because the whole room needs to be redone, including refinishing the hardwoods. As you can plainly see by the lovely colors on the wall and window frame! I put a little plastic down to make it easier to clean up, however.
The really great thing about this seed shelf is that it is deep enough that 2 lights can go into it! That means no leaning seedlings! I really have to come up with a better way to hang them, however. It’s not hard raising them, but it could be easier. Usually I move them out to the greenhouse fairly soon after they have germinated. I give them a few days under the lights, then they go to the next shelf with only one light , then it’s out to the greenhouse they go.
Here is some broccoli that I started on the 11th. As soon as I put them in their new home, they burst into green life! What a difference with two lights!
Eventually, maybe sometime this year, DH is going to build me a LED light that will span 2 flats. I have a lot of research to do yet before that can happen, as well as find a good source of the LEDs. With them becoming cheaper these days, it will be a matter of quality. By the way- did you know that these are ‘grown’- can we all say Terminator?
I think it will be warm enough in my office that I probably won’t need heat mats except for the real heat lovers, which is nice because they will go in the greenhouse and that will make the transition from house to greenhouse much better for the seedlings.
Today I put plastic on the top and back to keep the humidity in a little better; the shelves are not quite solid. As soon as I add the rest of the lights, I will put plastic on the sides, where I can (lights hang out), and the front with a slit running down the center for easy access. I may add a little fan too.
For my birthday, I received a great surprise. DH got my 4” and 6” pots that I needed this year, just in case the spring lasts forever, like it did last year, and I am forced to pot everything up to a little bigger pot. Last year was a disaster!I had very few pots of this size and had to hold things over a lot longer than I wanted to. Live and learn!
I also got some trays and humidity domes, 32-cell pack sheets, some really great seeds, a much needed shade cloth, another heat mat (this was an extra surprise), gardening gloves, and my mom got me a really good book by Steve Solomon, the previous owner of Territorial Seed. I highly recommend his books, by the way!
I feel spoiled, but I also feel blessed that my husband and family really know me well. That is a gift in itself. Now I can sow a lot more of our food and flowers and have more than enough for family and friends! Usually we combine my birthday and Valentine’s Day since they are so close together- not this year! What a surprise!
Well, I’d better get moving- lots to do!