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DIY - Gardening Do It Yourself Do you know a good gardening DIY plan? Are you in need for some good DIY ideas? This is the forum to discuss all Do It Yourself plans and questions. For example, learn about: The pipe work to support banana bunches, making pots out of newspaper, using plastic cups as pots, tips for building coverings for plants during winter, etc. If you know a good DIY plan, please share it here, and if you need one, please ask away!


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Old 02-15-2014, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's my indoor setup for propagation this year (quite scaled down from previous years!) This is in the sun room of my house, facing ENE.

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  • On the particle board there are two 4' x 1' heating mats
  • On the heating mats are 4 rectangular 72-hole plug trays with hoods and drip trays
  • Overhead is a "Sun Blaster 48" - a commodity 4' by 8-bulb T5HO 6500K fixture
  • The lamp fixture is suspended by a commodity "Sun Stand 2" stand.

The heating pads are controlled by a timer set to come on from 5pm to 9am.
The light fixture is also on a timer from 7am to 4pm.
Next week I'll be filling up the plug trays and the whole growing process begins!

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How do you like the Sun Stand 2? I had Hydrofarm's version, and one of the plastic connectors broke the first time I tried to use it.
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How do you like the Sun Stand 2? I had Hydrofarm's version, and one of the plastic connectors broke the first time I tried to use it.
It's 100% metal. Assembly is tedious by yourself. Having a small woodworking clamp is useful. It is a little light weight but otherwise perfect for the task. If they included a pair of 1.5" S hooks with the product I would give it 5 stars.
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Richard, I have one light identical to yours and 3 more nearly identical. Gone sort of crazy. I moved to a 2-story affair, 2 carts I made on wheels so I can get around them and push them out of the way when not in use.

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I've been testing my set-up before actually sowing seeds. So far the lights, heat pads, and timers are working great. The soil temperature is staying in the high 70's 24/7. I think I'm about ready to plant!
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Today I planted my first round of seeds: 22 varieties of chili peppers, sweet peppers, determinate tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and some Rubus probus seeds I obtained from Australia.

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As of this morning all the tomatoes have sprouted, plus one bell pepper and one chili pepper.
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Richard, are you growing any inderminate tomatoes as well?
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Richard, are you growing any inderminate tomatoes as well?
I will start some in the next round of seeds. Presently I'm focused on varieties I could grow in pots. When I start work on my raised beds I'll feel more confident about starting seeds to plant in the ground.
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Sprouting today:
Sweet peppers - Corno Verde & Yellow, Better Bell II, Socrates.
Chili peppers - Purple Serrano, Guajillo, Hungarian Wax, Sahuaro.
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All the vegies have sprouted, now begins the long wait for the Rubus probus seeds to sprout.
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My seedlings are coming right along! I expect to pot them in 4-inch pots in a week or two. I'll save one of each variety for planting in the garden and give the rest away.


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My seedlings are coming right along! I expect to pot them in 4-inch pots in a week or two. I'll save one of each variety for planting in the garden and give the rest away.
Oh to live close enough for a "give out" and to have the space to grow them all--every last donation. Giveaways? I believe in the British "gardening" theory--an heir and a spare which means I'd hold onto at least 2--just in case.
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Here's a picture of my tomato and pepper plants one month after sowing seeds. Looks like I'd better get busy building the planter beds outside.

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Here's a picture of my tomato and pepper plants one month after sowing seeds. Looks like I'd better get busy building the planter beds outside.

Cool setup....
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For the last week and half, I've had half of my indoor-propagated plants outdoors braving the variable winds in daytime temperatures in the 70's and night time temperatures in the mid 50's. I also brought them in a few times to avoid getting pounded by rainstorms.

Well, the tomato plants were getting to big for their 4" pots so I transplanted them today into 12" plastic pots. The pepper plants are still doing ok, only about 6" high.

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I transplanted the rest of my peppers today. That's the end of seed propagation for this year!

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I finally begged a 72 cell starter tray and planted my old tomato seeds--some of each type. Today I transplanted tomatoes that sprouted on 3/25 to larger homes. I'm still terribly frustrated with germination in FL both here and Jacksonville. I have never had 25 to 50% ever before. Perhaps that's why a single tomato plant in a Styrofoam coffee cup sells for $2 to $3; yours are bigger than what's available. Unless you want to spring for a gallon or 2 gallon pot. I'm sorry but I just can't bring myself to pay $15 for a weed.
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