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Adjusting My DIY Grow Lights

Adjusting My DIY Grow Lights

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, know that I built my own PVC grow light stand last year. The goal was to do it as inexpensively as possible. So I made use of several shop lights I had acquired over the past few years and spent a whopping $16 on PVC pipe. You can read the original story by clicking this link: DIY Grow Light Stand.

But I quickly discovered something that I didn’t like about this design. All of the lights were attached to the same cross bar. And though the cross bar itself could be raised or lowered, depending up on what the seedlings needed in the way of “sunlight”, the individual shop lights were always all at the same level.

That didn’t work for me. As you can see in the photo above, my tomato plants are growing quickly and need the light source to be raised higher, while my chamomile and lettuce starts need the lights to be much closer.

Adjusting Grow LightsMy solution was to employ some chain a few hooks and scrap wood blocks to make each of the grow lights independently adjustable. You remember that children’s song..the knee bone’s attached to the shin bone…the shin bone’s attached to the ankle bone? Well I used that as an inspiration for my setup.

I screwed 4 hooks into 4 wooden blocks, and then draped a 4-foot length of chain over the existing cross bar. Then I used the clamps on the grow lights to “attach” them to the wooden blocks. The result is that I can raise and lower each individual light simply by unhooking the wooden block and recooking at a different point on the chain. It’s a simple, elegant solution that honestly took about 10 minutes to put together.

What are your solutions for catering to the needs of seedlings that germinate and grow at different rates? I’d love to hear from you!

Spring Sale: 20% Off 2-Gallon Ollas!

Spring Sale: 20% Off 2-Gallon Ollas!

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s almost time to start gardening. The sun is peeking out today, and the ground is warming (and drying) up. That’s good news for anyone who wants to grow their own vegetables or nurture the bees. Here at Plug and Play Gardens, we’re doing our part by offering our 2-gallon Olla… Continue Reading

Win This Book: Gardening with Less Water

Win This Book: Gardening with Less Water

I’d like to introduce you to David Bainbridge. David has been involved in desert restoration and sustainable agriculture projects for more than 30 years. Back in the 1980’s he was working at The Drylands Research Institute at the University of California, Riverside when he stumbled across a reference to clay pot irrigation. Here’s the intriguing part… Continue Reading

DIY Grow Light Stand

DIY Grow Light Stand

It’s just the beginning of February here in the Pacific Northwest, but this year I’m determined to start my seedlings properly. And by “properly” I don’t just mean on time (although that would be nice too). This year I want a totally functional seed-starting station. So what constitutes a seed starting station? There are seed… Continue Reading

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

Good news! Dripping Springs Ollas has just announced a brand new product. They will now be manufacturing Ollas in two different sizes. Dripping Springs will continue to make their flagship product, a 2-gallon Olla, that is perfect for raised beds, in-ground gardens and large planters. But now, they will also make a smaller 1-quart Olla designed… Continue Reading

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