Thursday, February 13, 2014

It seemed like a good idea at the time...

I have a house with issues (leaking roof, lake under the living room floor, blah, blah, blah).  The issue of the moment is WHERE TO START MY SEEDS??? (One must have priorities, yes?)  In a moment of (subjective) brilliance, I realized that the bathroom-that-will-not-have-ducklings-in-it would be a great place to start my veggies.  In fact, it is the only place in the house I have room to start the veggies, but we won't get into that.  The laundry room/other bathroom is a no-go due to the ducklings which will be arriving in two weeks.  Yes, I know I said they would be outside, but we didn't get around to moving the little coop (formerly known as Chicken Ghetto) down to the Big Coop, and it's been too darn cold here (-18 yesterday morning).  Anyway, back to the seed-starting... The kitchen table won't work because we need to eat there.  The homeschool room has no room.  My sewing area would require carrying water up the stairs and that isn't going to happen.  My bedroom isn't heated and I can often see my breath in there, which is too cold for my tender little plants.  The leaks in the kitchen have resulted in multiple buckets on the floor, and me standing on the countertops every two hours or so to change the towels on the already-ruined cabinets.  So the countertops are out, even if I didn't need them for prepping meals.  So the bathroom it is.  It's an excruciatingly UGLY bathroom, but there is space between the toilet and the sink... a few inches longer than my jiffy trays.  Also a few inches longer than my one grow light.  So I went looking for a set of shelves today that would fit there, on which I could set heating pads and Jiffy trays, and from which I could suspend grow lamps.  No joy.  Someone had donated to Goodwill lots of expensive leather furniture, and a solid wood chest-of-drawers that I was just drooling over, but I had to confine myself to a few books, since we need to find out how much the NEW STEEL ROOF is going to cost, before I spend any great piles of cash.  Hence the Goodwill and Habitat Restore search for cheap shelves.  Maybe I'll try Craigs List while I'm at it.  Since the seeds began arriving today, and I'd like to start some of them Monday, this needs to get done in a hurry.  I hope this works... and doesn't turn out to be one of those things I end up saying "It seemed like a good idea at the time..." about. 


  1. We had to order a big cat jungle gym thing to free up our seedling shelf this year. Allt he outside critters moving inside have really squashed our available space just like yours.

    Good luck.

  2. El Jefe found plans for a seedling shelf made of PVC in an old issue of Backwoods Home. I'm going to price it out today, and if I don't find something cheaper secondhand, that'll be my weekend project, in between dealing with the leaks in the roof. If it works, I'll post pics. If it doesn't, I'll bang my head against the wall.