So you have a tiny apartment, or you have a large apartment but you live with a lot of people. How do you grow veggies? More importantly, do you live in a region that maintains freezer-like temperatures for months? Friends, there is an answer, which I will outline below.
What you need:
- Grow lights
- Seed trays
- Portable shelving
- Soil and seeds, obviously (but that's after you build your "greenhouse")
PSA: Home Depot is run by a racist, Trump-supporting twat. I bought the lights/trays/shelving items from there before I realized this. Do not do what I did and support this fool - find a local hardware store.
Okay, carry on.
- Build the shelving. (I might’ve been a little too cheap about this.)
- Assemble the light.
- Zip tie the light to hang over the bottom-most shelf.
- Put the (ideally already planted, heh) seed tray on the bottom shelf.
- Plug it in and PROFIT. (You can put more mature plants on the other shelves.)
This setup takes up less than 3 feet length-wise and is only 2-feet deep. That’s a 6-sqft area; the tray I bought has space for 72 seeds. Pretty good deal if you ask me. To make things even easier, you could also buy a timer so your light is fully automated. But I didn’t do that because I’m all about saving an extra buck.
The plants that get the most benefits from the grow light are probably the peppers, tomatoes, and basil. In my experience, those were always the ones that needed to stay in the greenhouse the longest, since their average soil temperatures need to stay pretty elevated. For example, Serrano peppers, which thrived under this mini-grow system, need an average soil temp of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. New England spring time, which gives us snow in the middle of May, would have massacred them. Since they also need 60 - 80 days to mature, I wouldn’t have peppers until the end of August or later if I waited to plant them outside
Here are the results, along with what the plants look like in their new outside home!