Low-Cost Grow-Light Frame Plans & Horizontal hydroponic unit

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

These are links at Cornell Cooperative Extension & Cornell University in Ithaca, Upstate NY.

Communications Specialist & Dave's Member - eupatorium - Craig Cramer, at Cornell University in Ithaca, Upstate NY.
http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/cdc/

eupatorium - Craig Cramer: cdc25@cornell.edu - This is the best way to get in touch with him; as he is a busy person.

Gardening Resources:
Your portal to gardening information at Cornell.
http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/

Other links at Cornell University in Ithaca, Upstate NY:
http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/links.html

Find Your State's CCE Service Offices: A Gardener's most valuable resource!!
http://roundrobin2001.0catch.com/extensions.html

Grow with the flow (hydroponic unit) & Low-Cost Grow-Light Frame Plans:
http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/houseplants/

HTH someone,
~* Robin


This message was edited Dec 14, 2008 5:07 PM

Tellico Plains, TN(Zone 7b)

Some more money savers

DIY _ Heat box for germinating seeds ( holds 2 trays)
http://davesgarden.com/forums/fp.php/fp.php?pid=22259

DIY _ PVC plant stand ( holds 12 seed trays)
http://www.carlnet.org/~ttsdaly/plantstand.html *nice color-coded instructions*
- or -
http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/169142/

My total cost for PVC and T-connectors @ home Depot only $34.64 (last year)

Seedling trays are cheap =)
http://www.novoselenterprises.com/default.asp?page=1492


This message was edited Apr 21, 2005 9:45 PM

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Tellico Plains, TN(Zone 7b)

*bump*

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks Scooter.

I stilll need to do some studying!

~* Robin

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

~ Bump ~

Robin

Pocahontas, TN(Zone 7b)

Scooterbug,

That is one "big & strong" looking plant rack.

Thanks for taking the time to post the pictures & links

Judy

Tellico Plains, TN(Zone 7b)

It is good unless u need to move it a lot or use for heavier plants other than seedling trays.

If so I would suggest using pvc glue or drilling and inserting a small screw at each joint.

I learned my lesson by over-loading a top shelf on one of mine and it wracked so badly I was holding it

until DH could come over and help steady it while I took the big pots off before all came crashing to the ground.


I put them on the bottom shelf and everything stayed stable then.

If you don't glue or screw , make sure to tap the joints snugly together with a rubber mallet or small hammer.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

scooter, screws sound like the best, they are easy in, easy out. That Glue is forever. lol

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Thanks for all the great links!

I wanted to mention what I'm using for growing plants under lights, as it's working out well....

I got a sturdy shelving unit that knocks together with a mallet, so it goes up in no time. It's called a "Gorilla Rack" and Sam's has them for $60. We have several that we use for general storage because we got very tired of putting together those metal ones. This one has particleboard shelves, which I wrapped with big garbage bags to protect them from water spills.

There are 6 shelves, and it can be assembled side by side to make a 3 shelf double length unit that's a nice working height. The shelves are 18x48, and I can get four 1020 flats on each shelf if I don't mind a little overhang off the sides. Each shelf gets two dual 48" light fixtures. So far, I'm using the top shelf and the second shelf for plants, and I'm storing stuff on the bottom shelf. That gives me room for 16 flats (or 24 if I decide I don't mind bending way down).

My DH hung lights from the ceiling for plants on the top shelf. The height of the lights is adjustable because he tied taut-line hitches in the hanging ropes (he's an eagle scout). Here's the really cool thing about this shelving unit: The metal uprights for the unit have holes about every inch for adjusting the height of the shelves. I put a dowel through these holes, from front to back, on each end of the shelf. I can support light fixtures by simply resting them on the dowels, and I can change the height of these fixtures by moving the dowels.

One word of warning for anyone who tries something similar with the dowels: Don't try to be all efficient and change the height of the dowels without lifting the lights off them first. Plants will be crunched! (Can you tell I did this -- just once!)

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

~ Bump ~

~* Robin

Westerville, OH(Zone 6a)

What do all of the "bump" replies mean?

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

Bump = you're bumping up to the top; an old thread for other gardeners to read in case they're interested in the subject matter. That is one way for newbies to view them too.

~* Robin

This message was edited Apr 23, 2005 3:43 PM

Royston, GA(Zone 7b)

Thank you for bumping this. (saving webpages for future reference)

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

Hey folks, I just got a great idea to share.. If you live near an IKEA store, you can buy the wide GORM shelving for $39 and use it for your seed starts. I just bought two and plan on using them. This is what they look like
http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?storeId=12&langId=-1&catalogId=10101&categoryId=10760&cattype=sub

If that doesn't work, search google for "IKEA GORM"

To see how I got mine for free: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/518665/

Susan

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

Oops! Almost forgot this:

T's Flowers--Make your own lighted floral plant stand.: http://www.carlnet.org/~ttsdaly/plantstand.html

~* Robin

This message was edited Oct 23, 2005 7:13 PM

Tellico Plains, TN(Zone 7b)

Thanks Robin, that is the same one as in the second post.

Everyone seems to find the color coding in this plan very helpful.

Moon Twp, PA(Zone 6a)

This sounds great!! Hope I get to do it too!! ~ Suzi :)

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

NatureWalker- Thanks for the color coding. I'm going to try this and the IKEA one and see which I like better. I will report back! :)

Susan

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

~bumping this up again for other people who may need this info

~* Robin

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Don't have an IKEA near me, but was in Lowes yesterday, and they have some neat shelving units that could easily have lights attached, and would make great plant stands. None over $80. Depending on how many shelves.

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

Ha, my IKEA shelf is still sitting in the garage waiting for me to put it together. I found out about wintersowing and all my eggs are there this year!

Susan

This message was edited Feb 26, 2006 10:59 AM

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Your eggs???
;)

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

Ya, Sidney!! :) All my eggs are in the wintersowing basket!!!!!!!!!

Susan

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Okeydokey

Moon Twp, PA(Zone 6a)

Hmmm - Just a thought, maybe you could spread your eggs around and test one way against the other. See which is easier, faster, better-tasting, etc! ~ Suzi :)

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

Suzi, that would be a good idea in theory.. however, I have wholeheartedly, completely and devotedly given every spare gardening minute to wintersowing. I am doing it in a huge way... My husband and I just filled over 60 large nursery pots with compost that I shoveled into the back of the truck Friday from a county compost program and... I'll go take a picture and you'll see what I mean. I am garden insane.

Susan

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

And your hubby is your enabler.!.... :oX how cute !

~* Robin

This message was edited Feb 26, 2006 3:16 PM

Marietta, GA(Zone 7b)

Yes, a great one!!
I took a picture and the batteries were low.. it's coming.

Susan

Cambria, CA(Zone 10a)

Bump

Chevy Chase, MD(Zone 7a)

I can't get the link to the PVC plant stand to work: does anyone have an updated link?

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

The New - home page: http://www.tsflowers.com/index.html

New link to the PVC plant stand -

http://www.tsflowers.com/plantstand.html

~* Robin

This message was edited Sep 20, 2006 12:23 AM

central Arkansas, AR(Zone 7b)

Thank you, NatureWalker, for the new link.......I finally convinced my DH that I needed this light stand and then could not get my saved link to work :( Now I shall break the happy news to him that the project is back on :)))

Tellico Plains, TN(Zone 7b)

ROFLMBO

central Arkansas, AR(Zone 7b)

Hi scooterbug....thanks for the Novosel link you posted away up above......I just visited and yippee, the gallon nursery pots I'm needing are on sale. :))

Chevy Chase, MD(Zone 7a)

Now I've gotten completely excited about winter sowing, so maybe I don't need the PVC stand after all! That'll save me a few dollars!

Tellico Plains, TN(Zone 7b)

YW mytip.
Don't do what I did and order twice. lol
I am set for 1 and 3 gal. pots for life ;-))

central Arkansas, AR(Zone 7b)

I'm so happy........the PVC plant stand is built and in use. Thanks DGers for the info and the link.

Tellico Plains, TN(Zone 7b)

whoo-hooo !

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Southwestern, OH(Zone 6b)

I love mine! Congrats!

New York & Terrell, TX(Zone 8b)

This one too!

~ Bump ~

~* Robin

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