2019 Life Logs, Day 41: Creating Warmth on a Cold Winter Day
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Weather: Sunny; High 34, Low 23 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
After my morning stint at the gym, I spent my afternoon creating warmth despite the cold outside. I put together the IKEA shelves I purchased on Friday that will turn my living room windows into a greenhouse for growing the seedlings for this summer’s gardens—mine and Heather’s. Just thinking about gardening and summer brought warmth and the bright sunshine coming in the window added to the illusion. The shelves are simple and will hold 16 to 20 seed starting trays, more than we will need. I will add some additional grow lights, but I can’t afford the real deal from Home Depot. I stopped by Job Lot on my way to the gym this morning and found that they have the same LED shop lights I purchased last year. They cost $15 for a 4-foot light, versus $40 for a 2-foot grow light at Home Depot. Much more affordable, and with the sun that comes through the front windows, I think they will do. It is too early to start most things, but for now I am going to experiment with growing trays of arugula, not to transplant, but to cut straight from the growing trays into my salad bowl. I wanted to get this all set up before my knee surgery so that it will be easy to start the seeds when the time comes. I need a little help from Jed to get the cross braces on the shelves. Then I’ll get the lights installed and be ready to grow.