Tripod And Grow Lights – The Beginning of the Garden!

Posted: January 14, 2015 in Yard and Garden
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This year, we’re trying to make our garden really good and we also want an extra early start, so our mom is getting products for our soil to be used a bit later (urea, potash, bone meal, and vermiculite for example) as well as supplies for starting plants inside. We have also ordered most, if not all, of our seeds.

This year, our new effort will be celery (Tall Utah 52-70R). Since celery requires a very long growing season, we are starting our seedlings now. We will also be building a few cold frames and raised beds this winter. For our celery, we will build a long but narrow (1 foot) raised bed. It should be very exciting!

For right now, though, we are just using our grow light for our mom’s indoor plants and also for a few cucumber seedlings. We were trying to see if some old seeds were still viable. They were, so now we have 4 cucumber plants indoors in the winter. Hmmmm.

Anyway, since our plants must be inside for the winter and since we don’t have great light in our house, we wanted to put some extra light on them. At first, we put them under a halogen light bulb, but found that the soil was steaming when we checked on our plants just hours after we turned the light on. That wasn’t going to work. So instead, we ordered a light bulb stand and a really bright light bulb that doesn’t get too hot.

It is really bright, as in you can hardly look at it, and the light bulb tripod is very convenient. The cucumbers are up, and they’re looking good, and my mom thinks she might be able to see a tiny celery starting to come up.

If you’re ready to start planning for your gardens this winter and you are looking for a better light than you currently have, you may want to look into this grow light and tripod.

This is the website from which we got the light bulbs:

The tripod is just a 7 ft light stand that is actually supposed to be used for photography, but you can use it as a grow light stand instead. It’s great for adjusting the direction and height of your lights and was very affordable on eBay.

By the way, we start our seedlings in our oven. The light in there keeps the oven slightly warm and germination is very fast in there. It’s kind of funny and we have tried other methods, but we just keep going back to our oven and oven light. Once the seeds germinate, we take them out and they go under a grow light in another room.

  1. atkokosplace says:

    Oh my! Thank you for the oven trick. I am going to try that! How neat is that?! I am hoping your tips will help my garden this year. I’m always on the lookout for help! Thank you so much! Take care! 🙂

    • The oven works best for us. It’s weird, but that’s what we do. We turn the oven lights off at night but leave the unsprouted seeds in there. We water 4-5 times a day with a water squirter to keep moist, but not too wet. As soon as something is coming up, it comes out of the oven and under the lights. It is totally clean, but the peat pots can get to smelling bad sometimes. Usually, though, they have to come out anyway so some food can get cooked, so it isn’t really a problem. Looking forward to hearing about your garden. Everyone can use different ideas and tips for sure. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • atkokosplace says:

        I think it’s genius! I use the oven light method when I make yogurt! It’s the perfect heat to make the milk/bacteria turn into yogurt. Thanks for the tip!

      • If you have a yogurt maker you like, could you let us know what it is? Yogurt would be something we’d be interested in making. TY!

      • atkokosplace says:

        I don’t have a maker. I cook the milk on the stove. Let the milk cool to about 107 degrees. And add yummy yogurt bacteria. I pour it into wide mouth jars and wrap it with a towel. I heat the oven to about 200, (then I turn the oven off.) I then put the wrapped jar into the oven; leaving the light on and close the oven door. There I let is do it’s magic for about 10 hours. This way of doing it isn’t fool-proof. You have to take into consideration the weather outside/inside. You may have to turn on the oven to heat it up more so that it stays warm, but not too warm otherwise you will cook the bacteria. If I “mess” up the yogurt, I still will use it to make smoothies. The whey that it makes I will use in my smoothies too. Also the pets love it. I’ve come up with a few “types” of yogurt. Some times sweeter, sometimes sour (depending on the starter used) It’s a fun challenge. I’ve never had a “bad” yogurt, just not always perfect. I am considering a yogurt machine. But gosh to have another appliance makes me cringe. Haha. I like this old style method. I know some people have made yogurt right on their counter tops. I imagine that was done during the summer! 🙂 If you find a good yogurt machine, maybe I will change my mind. Hahaha. Good luck!

      • I think I’m a little intimidated. Sounds really cool, but that’s something a person would have to mull around for awhile. Thank you for the detailed instructions, though. I can read through them again and again until I get up the courage 🙂

      • atkokosplace says:

        It was for me at first. But I figured worse case, I could use it in my protein drinks! 🙂

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