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Old July 11, 2015   #1
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Default Starting Tomatoes Indoor under light - Grow table

Hello,

Jus to show to you my set up in my basement when I start my plants during spring season.

Pictures ---> Installing grow table.

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Old July 14, 2015   #2
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Looks good.

Last year I had a lot of difficulty adjusting the height of my lamps... Always fumbling with the chain, and also as seedlings grew at different rates, found that it was difficult to choose a one-size-fits-all height at any given time.

This year, I'm instead keeping the lamps at a steady height and using some scrap pieces of 2x4 and particleboard to create shelves underneath the lamp, which I can then adjust. By adding or removing the blocks, I can easily move each shelf up or down as need be.

We'll see what happens!
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Looks good.

Last year I had a lot of difficulty adjusting the height of my lamps... Always fumbling with the chain, and also as seedlings grew at different rates, found that it was difficult to choose a one-size-fits-all height at any given time.

This year, I'm instead keeping the lamps at a steady height and using some scrap pieces of 2x4 and particleboard to create shelves underneath the lamp, which I can then adjust. By adding or removing the blocks, I can easily move each shelf up or down as need be.

We'll see what happens!
That's a good idea. I wound up putting books under my peppers because the tomato seedlings got so tall.

I have a 2 foot portable light with one bulb. I really need to ask my hubby to hang a shop light for me so I can grow a few more seedling for family members.
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That's a pain in the butt to move them constantly.. I just use these - piece of cake... http://www.amazon.com/Apollo-Horticu...t+light+hanger
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That's a nifty idea - definitely better than doing it manually.

But for me, with just two 2-bulb lamps and a variety of seedlings, I find that I have lots of different plant heights. So by having multiple platforms, I can keep different seedlings at different heights to keep them all close to the lights.

If I was only growing one type of plant, then this would be a great solution.
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Yea I hear ya.. I run into that issue occasionally as well.. When that happens I just ratchet up one side of the light and keep it slanted.. Taller plants on one side, shorter on the other .. Whatever works for each of our unique situations..
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That's a good idea. I wound up putting books under my peppers because the tomato seedlings got so tall.

I have a 2 foot portable light with one bulb. I really need to ask my hubby to hang a shop light for me so I can grow a few more seedling for family members.
I have used books, pieces of lumber, old computer hard drives, tomato seed catalogs, Epi-Pen packs, children's blocks, ancient VHS tapes, ... you name it.

Then there are the very slow growing short plants like Pinky Blast and Lime green Salad. It doesn't matter if the lights are close or not - for those to become leggy - they would be 3 inches tall instead of 2. Those are like growing a "Mini" (Even smaller than normal) bonsai tree.

I do like the idea of not having to move the lights so much. I bought four 72 cell planter trays, and I try my best to plant varieties that grow at the same rate. For those varieties that grow at a lesser rate like Pinky Blast and Lime Green Salad, I bought three 12 cell planter trays at Dollar Tree. It's easy to put paperback books under those to adjust accordingly. The quality seems the same as the 72 cell planters.
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Thank you for your comments!

Waiting spring to begin other seedlings.
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