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Re: Okay, serious stuff


Do I have to give my fire safety speach here? Yes, You
can plug in a zillion things via surge bars and other
items..... but you can only turn 'on' the capacity of
the outlet wiring! :)

Donna

--- james singer <jsinger@igc.org> wrote:

> Cyndi, consider plugging a surge bar into the timer
> and heating pads 
> into the surge bar.
> 
> On Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 11:59 AM, Johnson
> Cyndi D Civ AFFTC/ITSR 
> wrote:
> 
> > I have a little setup for starting seeds in my
> greenhouse with a 
> > couple heat
> > mats. I don't put anything between the heat mats
> and the wood; if it 
> > got hot
> > enough to hurt the wood I would have cooked seeds
> for sure. I have been
> > using the plastic trays without drain holes to put
> peat pots in. That 
> > way I
> > can water from underneath until the seedlings are
> up and ready to be 
> > moved
> > out. I like the idea of the foil trays, though,
> the plastic trays tend 
> > to
> > crack after a couple of seasons and replacing them
> with the aluminum 
> > would
> > be easier.
> > My problem is that I really only need the heat on
> during the night. The
> > greenhouse is plenty warm enough during the day so
> I have timers on 
> > the mats
> > to turn them on in the evening. I don't have
> enough power outlets 
> > available
> > to plug in more than two timers so I'm limited in
> the number of seeds 
> > I can
> > start. I suspect there are better ways to do this
> but I'm cheap enough 
> > that
> > I don't want to spend a hundred bucks or so to get
> a more flexible 
> > system
> > (this is probably one of those "penny-wise
> pound-foolish" cases).
> > I also don't have lights over the seed trays
> pretty much for the same
> > reason. That seems to work out okay, although I'm
> sure they would grow 
> > a
> > little faster with the extra hours of light.
> > I don't put any cover over the trays either, the
> water at the bottom 
> > keeps
> > everything sufficiently wet. I do have to remember
> to check every day 
> > and
> > make sure they're not drying out.
> >
> > Cyndi
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> > Behalf
> > Of james singer
> > Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 12:17 PM
> > To: Chat
> > Subject: [CHAT] Okay, serious stuff
> >
> >
> > I think I'm going to clean up a big part of my
> garage workbench and
> > install a seed-starting station. I've got seed
> beds outdoors for big
> > stuff, like palms and loquats, but no really good
> place to start small
> > seeds--peppers and cacti and such.
> >
> > The bench has fluorescent shop lights overhead and
> they can be altered
> > so they can be lowered and raised as need be.
> >
> > The top of the bench is 2-inch by 12-inch pine/fir
> planks. I want to
> > lay down heating mats or heating coils. What, if
> anything, should I put
> > between the mats or coils and the wooden planks?
> >
> > I think I will put something like cookie sheets,
> the kind that are
> > shallow pans, on top of the mats/coils so I can
> control both irrigation
> > and humidity. I do not intend to enclose the
> growing medium [some
> > variation on peat pots, unless someone has a
> better idea] in a tent or
> > one of those little "greenhouses" since the garage
> never gets below 50
> > degrees.
> >
> > What else do I need to consider? What would you do
> differently? I've
> > never started seedlings indoors before [bet it
> shows, eh?].
> >
> > What say ye?
> >
> > Island Jim
> > Southwest Florida
> > 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> > Hardiness Zone 10
> > Heat Zone 10
> > Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> > Maximum 100 F [38 C]
> >
> >
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
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> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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