In past years, we have always started seeds in our house. Dylan would build a "seed rack" and put up lights and it would sit like a glowing bookshelf in our living room, or kitchen...or wherever we could fit it. This was before we had a CSA, market, farm visits and 3 kids to think about. This year, it was pretty clear early on that we were not going to be able to start seeds in the house. Dylan's solution was to build a seed room in the barn. This, I thought, was a GREAT idea. We have plenty of room and electricity in the barn...so the seed room started to take shape.
At first, Dylan decided to build a framed room and then add plastic to the frame, much like a greenhouse. This was a great idea except for a few things...2 in particular...wind and barn cats. Dylan actually started the room and had a good majority of the plastic stapled to the boards when a gust of wind came through the barn and yanked off all of his progress. We actually never even thought of the barn cats, but why wouldn't they want to be in the nice, cozy, warm seed room? And it would be extremely easy for them to gain access with their sharp little claws.
A new vision took place and soon Dylan was off to Lowe's for the ump-teenth time and picked up some clear plastic sheeting. It is much like the tin pieces you put up on barns, etc., only it's hard plastic, and clear. The seed room was completed with these sheets (and a bunch of "great stuff") and it worked out perfectly.
The finished seed room looks like a small greenhouse inside our barn, which is exactly the vision from the beginning. One wall is facing the outside which gains sunlight/heat during the day, but the other walls are enclosed in the barn so that it won't become overly hot. On nights when the temperature drops we have an electric heater that runs to keep the plants nice and warm. The lights are on the plants for 12 hours a day which provides just enough for them to thrive. Dylan currently has 800 seeds started with another 1200 or so to go. Cross your fingers that the cats don't find a way in!!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )