Kate and I have started garden seed in all manner of haphazard fashion over the years. It used to be in cut-off milk cartons on windowsills. We eventually moved to those same containers on a cobbled up light table in the basement … covered with a sheet of plastic. Eventually, it was in our very own greenhouse, but we sold that along with the farm a couple of moves ago. This year, we decided to buy a proper light cart to start our seeds and nurture the seedlings.
Since we had a window nook in one of our bathrooms, we decided to search for a light cart that would fit the space. Growers Supply has many different styles and sizes of carts, and since they are among the very best out there, we went searching for the best price on their G48 model, which takes up about 9 square feet of floor space in a 3-foot by 3-foot package. The G48 Light Cart has four shelves … each hold a pair of flat-sized trays. After a bit of searching, we found Robert Crespo’s website … named buyPlantLights.com.
Placing the order online was a breeze and communication with the company was adequate. Growers Supply doesn’t sell to consumers directly, but they do drop ship products such as the G48 Light Cart to consumers on behalf of businesses like buyLightPlants.com.
The Growers Supply Light Cart arrived about a week after we ordered it. Setting up the G48 Light Cart was a joy … I can’t think of the last time I put together such a beautifully engineered product.
The first step in the process was to install the caster anchors and casters in the bottoms of the G48 Light Stand’s legs. This was a matter of pressing pieces together. Next, I used Kate’s Craftsman cordless drill to screw cross members to the legs … it took about 10 minutes to get to (and complete) this step. Next, we installed the light-support rods and the lights … about another 10 minutes of effort. All that was left was to set the trays in place and install the optional plastic cover … we included the cover with our G48 order to keep the humidity and heat in.
The G48 Light Cart’s lights are independently operable, so you can turn off any that are not needed. We placed Kate’s basil plant and herb seedlings in the Growers Supply G48 Light Cart, and I can tell you that several days later they look much happier than they did on windowsill in the kitchen.
So far, the G48 Light Cart has motivated us to choose more seed for the garden than ever before. It is really fun to have a beautiful, clean, convenient, and easy to use and move seed starting station in the house. This is one of the best gifts we have given each other ever.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.