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I can’t go to jail for tomato seedlings….can I?

February 9, 2012

Last year the spring mega-seed starting effort took place in Mrs cohutt’s back sun room. I had the lights, heat mat and multiple seedling trays in front of the large south facing window. It was quite a production…

But, in spite of mrs cohutt’s intense desire for me to repeat 2011’s Herculean effort of junking up her sun room, alas, it is not to be…..

I’ve adopted a much lower profile this year; in fact it is just the sort of lower profile that a horticulturist of certain types of cannabis might adopt if they did not wish the world to know what they were doing.

I’ve rigged up a seed starting system using foil backed polystyrene sheathing that accommodates my heat mat, the two lights and four standard 1020 flats of seed starts. I’ll rig a front panel and plastic “roof”, but this is pretty much it:

Under the lights (just to flatten the heat mat overnight) are one of the larger speedling trays and a 1020 flat full of freshly made soil blocks. The lights will be on a 16 hour timer and the heat mat will be thermostatically controlled based on the soil temperature.

Back to the original question:

Last year the intense glow of my grow lights could be seen from a quarter mile away but attracted no attention. Will the same lights, buried in my dungeon of a basement and seeping a curiously bright and white glow out through the cracks and crevices inherent in a 143 year old foundation, invite inquiry from the local authorities?

I guess we’ll know soon enough.

I can’t go to jail for tomato seedlings… can I?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Britton (UKtheBUNNY) permalink
    February 9, 2012 11:08 pm

    LMAO yes let us know if you get any inquiries as to what your doing. That looks great!

    • February 9, 2012 11:13 pm

      It would make for a good story but I’d prefer not….

      • Britton (UKtheBUNNY) permalink
        February 9, 2012 11:34 pm

        I understand

  2. February 10, 2012 8:01 am

    I admire your willingness to use creativity in the face of obstacles!

    • February 10, 2012 8:55 am

      If i don’t have a problem to work around I find I inevitably invent one, you know, just so the task is more difficult. :0

  3. February 10, 2012 9:44 pm

    Precisely the sort of post that keeps me coming back for more. After all, I have to read about whatever technique I’ll be stealing from you to use on my own garden next year.

    As for your question. Just make sure you aren’t starting your okra when the officials come knocking. I’ve read several accounts of the police confusing okra with that illegal herb.

    • February 11, 2012 8:11 am

      LOL I didn’t stop to think about okra.

      Steal away, it is why I post. If Lowes had the firesafe I ordered ready on time I wouldn’t have had the “eureka” moment while wandering the aisles waiting for them. I don’t recall ever seeing the foil faced board before and they had 3 thicknesses of it, all cheap and much easier than whatever path I would have followed.

    • February 12, 2012 10:19 pm

      Wow, great stuff-

      we’ve got a couple dozen meals worth of kale waiting on us. Now we have ideas!-


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