So I have a few conditions I need to fix:
Warmth for seed germination
I began with 2 collapsible tables. I used one for my seed trays and the other for supplies and staging. I purchased enough seed trays to cover the top of the table (3-72 cell trays). And one heat germination mat.
Then I purchased 3 fluorescent shop lights which were about $8 each. I also bought the light bulbs (just standard cool white florescent, nothing special) some chain, screw in hooks and 2 S-hooks for each light. Using the exposed floor joists I screwed the hooks into the ceiling attached the chains to the light using the s-hooks and hung my light on chains that put them 6-8 inches from the tops of the plants. Using chains and hooks is important so you can move the lights up as your plants grow.
|Tomatoes in the foreground, peppers in the back right, squash back left|
|At the far back center of this picture you get a very good illustration of what happens when the artificial light is too far away. That's what's called a "leggy" plant.|
|The whole setup up: these trays produced the picture below|
My initial investment was about $100 for the trays, seed starters, seeds, lights, chains and then another $25 for the heat mat which isn't necessary if your room temp is 70 degrees or higher.