Ah, how time flies. Before you know it, it will be spring. And me, I haven't even finished my light system. Sure I've made the unit, and bought the lights. But where are they? Still in the garage in their boxes. I've just been too busy (read lazy) to finish the project.
Oh, today I did get my father to pick up a half sheet of plywood to put under it. In fact, I had them cut it into 2x4 pieces so I can have one under it for support and another on top for a shelf. He got 3/4 inch plywood so it should be sturdy enough (to stand on, hehe). Now I just need to find seed trays and a timer, neither of which I could easily find myself at Lowes, and they're SOOO helpful there it's not even funny.
So, thanks to all my garden buddies, I've got all my tomato seeds in house by now, even if my Territorial order is still en-route. I'm still kicking myself that I didn't get any Legend tomato seeds from Territorial now that EG convinced me to utilize at least one of my SWC scraps to grow more tomatoes. Of course, thanks to Cynthia, I now have samples of every tomato seed she bought from Tomatofest. Bless her heart! Ok, just for her, Druid's rock! (and so do Bards) hehe.
I'd say tomorrow I'd set up my light system, but tomorrow we have a play to go to. The Imortance of Being Earnest should be fun, especially since we'll have dinner and see the show with our dear friends.
I can't say I'm too worried about not starting my tomatoes quite yet. My readers commented below about starting now, and JRo's right. If we started them now, they'd be ready early March. The rule of thumb around here is that tomatos shouldn't be planted outside until early to mid May. I did mine in early May last year, but this year I'll plant them around April 1 and protect them under plastic for a month or so. I'd hate to have a repeat of our April 21 snow storm like last year. Not sure when that means I need to start the seeds. I figure I'll just use plastic cups, then transplant them into cottage cheese containers. Those should be big enough to grow tomatoes until it's time to plant them in my SWCs.
Oh yeah, and I came across some of my winter sowing containers. That reminds me. I think I'll throw out two tomato seeds planted in 2 liter bottles. It will be a good expriement between winter sowing and my light system. I sure know which is more cost effective, hehe, those lights cost $60. Sheesh!
Anyway, sorry for my sporatic posting. It's not that I don't have things to do, I've got tons. But with work and my hectic schedule, my motivation isn't always there. /sigh Well, take care and...
Enjoy your garden!