04 March, 2006

Let's Grow!

Well, I finally got around to setting up my grow lights today. Next up, time to start planting seeds.

Grow light
First up was my main light, a thirty-six inch light fixture that I got from Karen. I hung it from the drop-ceiling using velcro ties and some excess chain from Jenny's project to add a light to the living room.


Light box
Next up, creating a light box (of sorts) out of an old bookcase that I had sitting around. I picked up a couple of twenty-four inch light fixtures from Home Depot this afternoon, to replace my previous fixtures. I found that the low-power versions would not properly start up the flourescents, unless I physically moved the bulbs around. Not terribly optimal since I wanted all of this to be automated. A few wire connectors and screws later, I have what you see above. I've tied them all into an outdoor timer (since it can handle grounded plugs), and hopefully none of these will set the house on fire.
You can see all of the photos here

So far, I'm happy with how things look. The time works, and all of the bulbs come on when I give them juice (a definite plus.) Now I just need to find a bulb to replace the white bulb in my large grow light. Naturally, HD had a large assortment of 24" and 48" bulbs. But only one type of 36" bulb, but it wasn't a full-spectrum bulb. Oh well, I'm sure I can find one soon enough.

But until then, it's time to start planting some seeds and getting seedlings ready for the ground. I'm hoping that this warm winter we've had will mean I can plant fairly early. Of course, I fully expect a real cold snap to come along and ruin all of this. For the curious, below is my list of seeds that I ordered. I'm sure I won't plant all of the varieties this year, but hopefully I'll get a fair amount into some dirt.

  • Redventure Celery
  • Golden Beets
  • Verdi Cauliflower
  • Supersette Fava Beans
  • Atomic Red Carrots
  • Diablo Brussels Sprouts
  • Lemon Cucumbers
  • Kolibri Kohlrabi
  • Turkish Orange Eggplant
  • Fuego Radishes
  • Rat Tail Radishes
  • Round Red Core Shrinmei Daikon Radishes
  • Kyoto Mizuna
  • Red Perilla Akashiso
  • Aurora Orach Mixture
  • Springer Spinach
  • Mung Bean Sprouting Seeds
  • Morris Heading Collard Greens
  • German Red Rocambole Garlic
  • Panache Parsnips
  • Dakota Peas
  • Cotton Candy Pumpkins
  • Diamond Bell Peppers
  • Tabasco Chile Peppers
  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
  • Black Russian Tomatoes
  • Persimmon Tomatoes
  • Lime Basil
  • Mexican Spice Basil
  • Dulce Rojo Paprika Peppers
  • Aromatic Summer Savory
  • Catnip
  • Signet Paprika Marigolds
  • Sensationally Fragrant Niotiana Mixture
  • Victoria
  • Picante Salvia Splendens Mixture

1 comment:

  1. Holy crap. How big is your planting space??

    Sungold tomatoes are probably one of my favorite things in the world to grow. They are *huge* beasts and incredibly prolific. So many sweet little yellow globes that the neighbors stop answering the doors for want of too many gift baskets.