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Old 04-06-2016, 08:58 PM   #11
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Not exactly a winter project, but since we got 4 inches of snow last night it still feels like starting plants in my area is a "winter" project. Here's my setup for starting plants from seeds.

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The lights and shelves can be moved up or down by moving the dowel rods into the different holes in the vertical 2 x 4's. It's about 7 feet high, 4 feet wide and 18 inches deep.

The first photo is a front view, the second is a side view and the third photo is an end view. I use the 32 watt daylight bulbs to supply the light. A fan off to the side helps to strengthen the stems and it also helps to prevent damping off problems.

So far we've got a few tomatoes, peppers, basil and the Michigan lilies. There are a few cuttings of bay leaf rooting on the top shelf. There will be a lot more when my stratifying natives come out of the refrigerator.
Looking good. Really good!

Very impressive. Great job.

I've been thinking of converting some kind of a shelf to a planter.

I really like the fan idea. Just the other day, I was thinking that I've not been putting the plants I brought in early outside often enough to harden them up...and it occurred to me that we have a fan with a random "breeze" setting. I've yet to set it up, but I probably should.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:24 PM   #12
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Nice set-up, NEWisc! I wish I had room for something like that. I think I'm going to try Dap's kiddie pool idea for natives in the fall.

I've already had one shipment of bare root stock from Prairie Moon. Planted it in the snow last Sat and Sunday. Now that it's done, I'm glad it arrived when it did. Things are getting busy at work so it's nice to have the planting chores at home spaced out a bit.

Other than that, it's just been a matter of spring clean up around here. Cutting back grasses and forbs to make way for new growth. Cleaning up leaves and winter detritus, etc. It feels good to get outside whenever the weather breaks enough to do so. Winter got a late start here this year (almost no snow in Dec/Jan) but it is sticking around later to make up for it. There is snow in the forecast again on Friday.
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NICE RACK NEWisc!
Love the fact that it's adjustable.

Now that we're done trippin, I can begin watering the flats. Looking forward to some lil greens.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:31 PM   #14
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I ordered more seeds today for my meadow. The leftover seeds from last year are still viable (most of them anyway)--I checked. So, I ordered some new species to add to the mix.
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