I am re-posting about this fun project since it’s about that time again to put it to use.

We found some vintage windows which inspired this entire project.  With a bit of wood found in the garage and a quick trip to Home Depot, we had the makings of a fun weekend. antique windows

On a gorgeous day in Spring,  my husband  got started on building me a cold frame.. web-kk-014

First he built it,web-kk-023

then he put on wheels so we can move it into the sun or in and out of the garage if we have a bad frost coming.

Next we painted it, web-saturday-014

put the windows on with  hinges, web-saturday-245

and reused the window hardware as handles.web-saturday-236

He added a couple of heavy duty handles on the sides for lifting (you never know) web-k-002

and there you have it…web-saturday-247

a great cold frame to hold all my fledgling seedlings and give them an early start.web-saturday-254

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~ All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes

                

 Starting seeds can be a sanity saver for many of us waiting  through a long winter for spring to arrive. 

 Last year my husband and I built a seed starting rack with lights so I could survive the winter gardening blues.  It was an easy and  fun project.

We purchased a metal shelf unit from Sams club. Then we  bought shop lights from Home Depot that could be plugged into a powerstrip so that no electrical wiring was necessary.

 Easy peasy.

 The only problem I found was that I wish we had made two shelves.

        ~”So many seeds, so little space.”~unknown 

 

   All of us at Gearcor are enjoying watching the progress of the seeds we have planted, especially Mike who is proudly showing us the flourishing seedlings.   

 He has taken great care to make sure they are watered and happy ~ he sings to them when no one is around.   (Oops sorry Mike, you didn’t want me to mention that did you?) ;)   

   

It was difficult for Mike and Pete when I thinned out the seedlings with a pair of scissors so as not to disturb their roots.   

  We repotted the ones that were big enough to move up a pot and composted the ones that didn’t make the cut.  (Sorry guys!)  

   

 The weather is still very unpredictable here in upstate NY.  It was 65 yesterday and spitting snow today so we can’t even think about putting our plants out there yet.   

   

    

Everyone is trying to be involved, even the dogs.    

Blondie and Sophie took off with one of the fiber pots and chased each other until it ended up in a shredded pile on the floor.  

Now the seedlings  are tucked carefully into their inside greenhouse, left to continue their growth while we wait patiently for the weather to allow us to plant them outside.  

   

 

    

Hopefully soon!  

 We have also planted some seeds that we are very excited about.  

Check back as they grow to see what the interesting mystery plants are. 

 

~’There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.”  ~Mirabel Osler 

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Checked on our seedlings at work on Friday, and after just three days we have some little sprouts. 

Pete added more lights to our shelving and the little seedlings are growing. 

 One of the products that has really made this easy is the Solo Spritzer.  It makes watering these little guys so easy. The spray is gentle and the container holds enough water to last for quite a while. 

 In the past I have had trouble keeping seedlings watered well without drowning them, this makes it so much easier with it’s adjustable nozzle to control water flow. 

 I can’t imagine doing it without one of these. I immediately got one for the new little seedlings growing at my house.  Watering is a snap now. 

 

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