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Wake up…wake up!! It’s time to start the 2018 garden seedlings!

Hi Everyone, it’s that time of year to start the first seedling for the 2018 Pacific NW gardens! I absolutely love this time of year, don’t get me wrong, but just knowing in a few month’s I’ll be outside digging in the soil makes me just a little giddy (that sounded weird…coming from you Mr. Sasquatch). 🙂

This weekend I transitioned the lower half of our large led grow tent from lettuce greens over to the new plant propagation/seed starting area. Here’s a list of the components introduced for the 2018 season (some of which were re-purposed)

  • 1 – 48″x20″ Heat mat with digital thermostat controller (with probe)
  • 1 – 48″L x 30″W x 1″H Dog Crate Replacement Pans (used as the drip pan for seedling trays/containers)
  • 2 – T8 LED 5000k light fixtures (2 T8 bulbs in each fixture)
  • 2 – 300w LED Roleadro Grow Light Full Spectrum 2nd Generation Plant Light (these were already hanging here for the Asian greens previously growing under the bench)

Here’s a photo of the entire seed starting/grow area setup in the large grow tent. The first seedlings in the photo are eggplants:

Seedling growing area inside large grow tent

Seedling growing area inside large grow tent

Close-up of new seedling growing area in the large grow tent

Close-up of new seedling growing area in the large grow tent

We’ll it’s time to get back to work! On the urban homestead as well as my day job. 🙂

See y’all again next week, be safe and keep on growing.

Snow? Snow?! Snow!! on the urban homestead…

Hi Everyone, the weekend after returning from the business trip was a busy one. Getting all the plants back up from desert-mode and working on the homestead bedroom remodel was front and center, but by Monday (President’s Day 2018) we started seeing this white stuff falling from the sky! What the heck is that?! Is that snow!!!

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Back from Arizona…but that wasn’t the only desert I encountered

Hi Everyone, the trip to Arizona for work is over and I’m back in Oregon and looking forward to the warmer days. But as you can see from the title there was more than one desert I found…the other was when I return home. 🙂

As part of this work trip I got to visit my father and his wife’s house in West Phoenix and see their xeriscaped yard (which is completely appropriate for their climate). My father doesn’t have the gardening/homesteading bug like me, so they’re completely happy with just a few orange trees. It was a nice visit to the suburbs, but afterward I needed to feel the wide open spaces so the next day I took a drive out east of Chandler and headed for the hills. The drive took me up through Tortilla Flats on the Apache Trail road. The scenery out there was majestic desert and I took a number of photos and video. Here’s a few of the photos:

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