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Hot Room

Hot Room

Cool Room

Cool Room

This summer we’ll be putting up a greenhouse.  I can’t wait!  For last year and this year, though, our garage serves as the seedling nursery.  I’m actually quite pleased with it.  The garage is minimally heated–it never seems to go below 50 degrees on a really cold day.  There’s a hose spigot and electric, too!  We sort of built a room within the garage, and we call it the “hot room.”  The walls are made of wooden shelves my DH made, and are sheathed in plastic on the outside and the top.  Though there are windows in the garage, the sunlight doesn’t come in much until the afternoon and it’s dimmed by the plastic.  So, the shelves are equipped with flourescent lights to brighten up the environment.  In the middle of the hot room is a heater and an oscillating fan.  The temperature hovers around 72 degrees.  To date, in the hot room we have:  tomatoes, onions, leeks, scallions, shallots, cipollini onions, celeriac, a variety of herbs, peppers (sweet & hot), wheatgrass, eggplant…(i’m forgetting something).  Tomorrow the plants in the onion family will be moved to the cool room to start hardening off.  That’ll also free up some space for the plants I’ll seed this coming week.
 
Some types of plants don’t enjoy the heat, so we also created a “cool room.”  Basically, that’s just the rest of the garage!  Some rudimentary shelves were made out of concrete blocks and lumber.  Lights were attached; there is no heater.  There should be a fan, but I’ve run out of outlets!  I usually take these plants outside during the day anyway, so these shelves are really just to stack them up at night or during the occasional snowstorm.  In the cool room are:  broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, tat soi, boc choi, mizuna, lettuce, chard, kohlrabi, kale, collards….(i’m forgetting something here, too).
 
The past couple days have been so nice that I took almost all the trays out of both the hot and cold rooms and laid them out on our deck and lawn.  The seedlings love the bright, real sunshine.  The cooler outdoor temps are “hardening off” the seedlings that normally reside in the hot room.  Eventually I’ll leave the seedlings outdoors at night, too, and after a few days and nights of them being in the real world, I’ll plant them in the field. 
(ps:  does anybody know how to make these two photos sit side by side?)
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