|Project by justjoel||posted 03-13-2013 08:47 PM||1522 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
So the wife says to me, one day a couple months ago, “why don’t you turn the shed into your workshop?” Well, since we rent and the shed is about 7×7, this wasn’t feasible (and she was just trying to kick me out of the space I sometimes let her car sleep overnight anyways).
But it got to thinking that there was space in there for me to build a new seed starting station. So I did.
The structure itself only cost about $8-$10 to build, mostly for the fence boards I ripped in to slats for the shelving. The sides are from an old futon frame that a friend was going to throw away (about 4 years ago). The back wall was bare studs, so I covered it with just a large piece of cardboard left over from a non-gardening, theater set-piece project I made last month. The non-wall side is covered with foam-core poster board from the $1 Store, that I’m going to let my daughter decorate. I’ll probably build her a little shelf for her gardening tools, with one above for some of my own.
The top is just a slab of drywall that I don’t know where I got or how long I’ve had, but I painted it to seal it, and then made it pretty and motivational.
The electrical component was where the real cost came in, but still was only about $45, mostly to get semi-dedicated, consistent power to the shed (rather than having an extension cord strung across the lawn). The fixtures were from the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store ($1 each). The flashing material that I used to make the reflectors blew off a friend’s large, barn/shed thing (same, remodeler/contractor friend that gave me two windows for a new cold frame!). The 60w fluorescent bulbs were on some special sale for 4 for $1!
As we are still getting well below freezing most nights, and the shed is not insulated and has only two finished walls, I set up a night heat source on its own timer, and made a little diffuser to keep it from going straight up the center of the unit.
I’ve got my earlier starts in there, though they will soon be transferred to one of the cold frames. I also planted 6 kinds of tomatoes, 4 peppers, and two eggplants (the nightshades). My garage station is filled with flower starts, none of which are up yet.
As I said, the shed is only 7×7, and it is half-filled with other shtuff, so it was hard to get back far enough to get a good picture of the whole contraption.
-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell