Gardening

Gardening: 2017 Feb Veggie Shelf

After two months, my winter gardening is getting under good control by using indoor garage and a heavy duty rack with LED lights. I think I stil need to improve more like keep control of temperature, add thermal foil insulation, and better efficiency.

Garage gardening during winter definately keeps vegetables away from frost. Frost caused big damage to my crops in January. Once roots and stems got damaged by frost, it is extremely hard to recover even for strong crops like green onion.

Currently it takes quite efforts to make recycled planters. Also, vegetables grow slowly because of low temperature. I am still learning fertilizer, soil and hydroponics. I am experimenting soil vs hydroponics. Let’s see what is the best solution for winter harvesting.

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The above picture is my Veggie Rack inside garage. I attached two LED lights now for more light intensity to 1st and 3rd shelves. The LED light coverage is too wide, so I need to narrow it towards the crops. Germination doesn’t require light, so they can be at the bottom. The right picture shows the winter green leaves progress like Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choy, Lettuce. Spinach started growing better now, so I moved them up to the 3rd shelf from 4th shelf. There is still a lot of space left for new crops. Feeling excited now at end of weekend 🙂

Gardening

Gardening: Garage Harvesting

After a few winter indoor gardening trials and trying to scale up, I needed a bigger space but I still want to do indoor gardening because of cold winter season and easy maintenance. So, I started creating DIY garage gardening system. Here is the first week.

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Here are a couple of tips that I learned so far.

1 Get a heavy duty garage rack with wheels and adjustable shelves.

Shelves with layers of metal lines will help air flow and distribute light from the top. Mobile racks help move crops very easily.

2 Get a couple of garage LED lights

4 feet LED lights fit very well to the rack.

3 Install garage LED lights at every other layer

For the first couple of weeks after germination, the closer the light source is to crops, the faster and stronger the crops will be.

4 Move crops around as they grow.


Future plans

1 Get warm mats – want to control temperature better for high yield germination and grow stronger stems (winter harvesting causes leggy vegetables.)

2 Get more LED lights – for other unused shelves

3 Start microgreen – want more green for daily food