|Home Made Light Rack|
We made our own relatively inexpensive light rack for this. We purchase a wire rack ($40), some fluorescent shop lights ($10 each), wheels ($2 each), and a timer ($5). The lights hang from the shelf above and the seedlings are placed in trays bellow. It is important to keep the top of the plants a few inches from the light source. To do this we have adjustable chains on the lights and some blocks to raise and lower the plants. Sometimes one flat's plants are at a different height and thus we use both of the methods in order to keep everyone happy. We are leaving the lights on for 12 hours a day.
|Light Rack Front View|
|Shannon Transferring New Seedlings|
From Seed Starting Tray to Potted Tray
|Light Rack End View|
Keeping the new plants watered properly is also very important. We don't want to let them dry out or stay too wet. In past years we just used a spray bottle to keep them wet. This year we are going to try to water from underneath. Each tray is set inside of a flat. In the pictures you see two 50 cell trays of which we left on of the cells empty. We can periodically fill the empty cell until water just covers the bottom. The soil will wick the water up into the cell, thus supplying water to the plants. We also plan to add fish emulsion once a week as a fertilizer when we water as well.
|Tray Water Holes For Watering From Below|