L is for Lights!

The weekend project from our house was not only fun, it was easy as well.  My husband and I bought a great metal rack with four foot long shelves and put it together.  Then we purchased four shop lights with daylight bulbs. 

 The guy at Home Depot saw us deciding what to get and was so excited to show us exactly what he used to set up their growing station on display.  It was his second year of seed starting there and his enthusiasm was contagious.  I have to say I was pleased to meet him.  Probably the last person I would have figured as a gardener, not only by his style, but also by his age. Young and hip but loving the garden chat and wanting to share what he knew.  I found it so uplifting to meet him and feel his spirit.  He spoke of his favorite heirloom tomato plants, his garage wall vertical garden and the miracle of the sprouting seeds.  Made the whole project all the better.  Nice to know there are youth getting interested in gardening.  He was inspired by his job.  I think that made it even better.

Once the shelves were put together and the lights were hung, I planted my seeds and set them under the lights.  We will see how it goes.  Seed starting has never been a strong point of mine, but hopefully this year will be better. The only problem I found was that I wish we had made two shelves. 



So many seeds, so little space. 


  1. That looks just like my set up, only your is much neater!

  2. I love your grow light setup! I want to create one! Next season, I hope. That’s so great that the guy at your Home Depot was so enthusiastic about gardening. I love that.

  3. Just because it’s new, give me time Kerry

  4. It was great Meems. made my day.

  5. what a great idea!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  6. I have an area where an old garage use to be on the property I’m living on. It appears to be the foundation of an old garage anyway. I just want to know if anyone has any experience with cleaning out an area like this and filling it with soil to create a garden. It is about 10 x 14 in width and length. It grew beautiful weeds and some wild flowers last year. I can dig down and see a cement floor, but don’t think I’m strong enough to life all that concrete myself. Do I have to? Can I just clean it out and order some good rock and soil and fill it in and start growing? Any advice or experiential stories would be greatly appreciated! I live in St. Paul, MN. Thank you!

  7. I don’t see why you couldn’t as long as you made sure it was deep enough and added very good soil into it. Urban gardeners often have raised beds with bottoms on them.

  8. Thank you Teresa, for the encouragement and positive support. I found a city yard where I can bring some of the old stumps and vines (they’re very small) and take some free soil. It is rich black soil that would do well as a couple inch top soil. I have some small pellet type rock for drainage and some mixed soil for the 1st and 2nd levels. I can take the black dirt right from the yard for free, so this is all going to work out well I think. Can’t wait to have my first fresh, home grown salad. It is still cold here in MN, but the lettuce can be planted very soon! This weekend I’m prepping the spot and will lay out all my layers of rock, dirt and rich (free) black soil next weekend. I think this is going to be a great growing season. I have a cover for those stormy days (we get hail here some times). Take care, and have a fruitful growing season!

  9. Sounds like a great plan Jane, and free soil is a plus for sure. Good luck to you and your garden!

  10. It worked! And the garden is beautiful! Thank you all for you words of enouragement!