Known in other seasons as the hot water heater room, the grow room has been all set up for spring.
Derek added some new fixtures to the several grow-lights left over from last year. Buying special fixtures just for grow systems proved to be rather pricey. So this year, we’re testing out simple shop light fixtures and using the bulbs designed to help plants grow. (We attempted to use the daylight spectrum bulbs, but the new sprouts grew very leggy, very fast.)
Grow lights are so handy to have. Starting seeds inside gives the plants more time to produce when they’re transplanted outdoors. Not to mention, starting plants from seed saves a great deal of money. It’s possible to get a whole row of crop for the price of one plant from the store.
(I don’t know about you, but there’s just something fun about checking every day until the little seedlings pop out of the soil. Anticipation is the spice of life.)
Having a grow room is also handy because some crops — the seedless watermelon, for example — need consistent temperatures between 70-80 degrees to germinate! If you no anything about Iowa weather, it’s anything but consistent. 🙂