If you love fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers as much as we do, you’re going to love this idea. Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team would like to show you how to convert an area of your garage into a nursery. If you’d like to jump-start your garden we have some great ideas for you to get your garden started early.
Use Your Garage to Plant a Nursery
Just like babies, young plants and seedlings need a warm environment to get started. If your garage is insulated and relatively warm it should work. But, the area also needs to be free from frigid blasts that could easily kill the young plants. If you don’t have a garage that has that warm space in it, you might need to park your car outside for four to eight weeks while the seedlings take root.
If your garage has windows, the incoming sunlight can also help get the seeds started. You are going to need an elevated table to get your seedlings started. If you don’t have an elevated you can make an easy one using two sawhorses, two 2 x 4’s and some chicken wire. We’re looking for a way to keep the plants off the cold garage floor.
Supplies Needed to Get Started
Three of the most critical things needed for successful seedling growing is temperature, good soil, and watering. With the items below it will help to make your nursery successful. Here’s a list of things you’ll need to get your nursery started and experience the most success:
- Seed starting heat mats will help to keep temperature consistent
- Plastic sheeting to make sure the temperature is consistent and is draft free
- Starter growing trays to start the seeds
- Larger growing trays to transition the seedlings for further growth
- Seed starting soil mix and potting soil for the seeds to be transferred to
- Spray bottles to water the young seedlings
- 48” Fluorescent Lighting fixtures that use T8 bulbs are best, or grow lights
- Lighting timers to limit the amount of light the plants receive
- Thermometer (75 to 85 degrees is the best
- Plant markers to identify what the seedlings are
Allow Plants to Grow
Patience, patience, patience. Watch the soil temperature to make sure the plants are warm. Mist the plants to keep them hydrated; be careful with water. Too little or too much water can stop them from developing.
As soon as the seedlings get strong enough they’re ready to transition to the larger growing trays. The bigger plants still need to be kept warm and moist,. If you don’t have room for the young plants in your current nursery space you may want to start a separate growing area for them. In time the young plants will grow into plants strong enough to transplant into your garden.
Call Us For Help!
Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team wants your nursery to be successful. If you have any questions, just give us a call. We are here to help you enjoy your garage projects and be successful at getting your nursery started.