In my basement we had an old well room that could not be used. Since I am such an avid gardener we decided to make it into an indoor grow room. I use the grow room about 9 months out of the year. I use it to start plants inside for my garden. I also use it to grow fresh vegetables during the winter.
Here are the steps I take every year to start it up again.
Step 1: Converting the Well Room Into a Grow Room
Here are pictures of what the well room looks like when it is empty. There is a grow room shelf, 2 fans, an old coffee table, and the lamp. 1 fan for circulating air and the other fan is to take the air out. I use an old flag to cover over the door. The old door was metal and rusted, so we removed it. I have plans on building a shelf/door that will hide the room.
The room is 4 by 8.
Step 2: Cleaning and Sterilizing the Planters
The first thing I do is get my planters out. I must sterilize and clean them for the grow room. It is very important to clean all the materials that will be used in the grow room every year. I Use hot soapy water to clean the planters. It is important to clean everything to kill diseases and other bacterias that could harm the plants.
Step 3: Cleaning and Sterilizing the Grow Room
while the planters are drying I sterilize and clean the well room using ammonia and Pine Sol. I have a drain in the floor so it makes it easy. I painted the room white a few years ago. After this growing season I will have to paint it again.
The second picture is of the audience I had while setting up the grow room. ;)
Step 4: Setting Up the Grow Room
Once Everything is dry and sterilized, I place a plastic garbage bag on top of the old coffee table to protect it from water.
Next, I place my planters on the shelfs.
I Also placed a lime tree and a tropical plant in the grow room. I added new soil to both of the plants to give them added nutrients.
Then, I place my circulating fan in the corner and plug in both fans. The out take fan runs outside like a dryer vent.
I also place a thermometer in the grow room, that measures humidity and temperature.
And last I place a humidifier in the room to add moisture.
Step 5: Selecting What Plants to Grow
The pictures shows some of the seeds I will start in the grow room. I also have an order from burpee on its way. The last picture is of my lime tree and tropical plant.
Step 6: Materials You Will Need to Start the Plants.
In these 11 pictures you will see all the materials I used to start up my grow room.
1. & 2. The first two pictures show my seeds in the container that I keep it in. The containers airtight, Sun resistant, and waterproof.
3. The third picture is of 5 gallon grow bags. Usually in the eary spring I will buy fruit trees off of eBay and start them in the grow room until they are ready to be planted outside.
4. soil- I use a mixture of organic soil, bat droppings, & a regular bag of soil.
5. Picture 5 shows the containers I use to start my plants.
6. Picture 6 shows the grow light that I use. I run the light 12 hours on and 12 hours off using a timer. Replace the bulb every year. The light bulb is the most expensive part of the grow room.
7. In this picture it shows the white circulating fan that I use to push air around the grow room and plants.
8. Picture 8 shows clear wrap- In the beginning I cover my plants with clear wrap to promote moisture.
9. Picture 9 shows A Thermometer to gauge heat and humidity. Like to keep the grow room above 72.
10. Picture 10 shows, wooden sticks and a Sharpie to label my planners.
11. Picture 11 shows, I Use these larger round planters for my tomatoes.
Not pictured...I also use a humidifier and a spray bottle. The humidifier is used to add moisture and gives grow room a typical feel. I use the spray bottle to spray a mist in the room and on the plants.
Step 7: Planting
These 10 pictures show you the steps we took in planting are seeds.
1. I fill the planters with dirt
2. I use a sharpie or my finger to poke a hole in the dirt.
3. Next i place my seed in the hole and cover it with dirt.
4. I place the planter on the shelf.
I Also added more organic fertilizer to my lime tree and tropical plant to promote growth.
Step 8: Finishing Steps
The finishing steps in the grow room are very typical for any garden.
First, I water all my plants.
Next, I check to make sure that they all are getting light.
Last, I cover my plants with clear wrap to promote moisture. Once my plants start to sprout, I will remove the clear wrap.
Step 9: Grow Room Maintenance
I check on the grow room a few times a week to water, and check on everything. once the plants start to sprout I will check on them every day.
Most plants will sprout in 2 to 3 weeks. (I will add to this instructables once they start to sprout.)
Step 10: Updated
1. Lettuce spinach and white cabbage are sprouting.!!!
2. latest pictures 2/6/14