I finally got around to creating a new masthead that more accurately reflects what this blog is about. Left to right: our seed-starting system, a fresh loaf of bread, our sprouted brussels sprouts seeds, our very sophisticated plastic bag-drying system, and my trusty Schwinn.
I used to ride a $900 Rocky Mountain and was constantly filled with anxiety about it — will it get stolen? Am I ruining the components with road salt? (Answer: yes) Finally last summer after much consideration and a little heartbreak I sold it and bought myself a $140 1980 road bike and haven’t looked back. I love it! It helps that Adam tricked it out with some nice new white handlebar tape.
Now about that seed-starting system. I had to include a picture of it since it is so gloriously cheap. We looked at Midwest Brew & Grow and some other places and were considering an expensive system, but Ye Olde Recession forced us to figure out the cheapest possible system we could do. It consists of:
- An old fluorescent lamp from our garage, fitted with two plant/aquarium bulbs. We still had an old one from our old lizard aquarium, and the new one was $8.
- A Burpee Ultimate Seed Starting Kit, $20.
- A couple of clamps from the garage
- An old piece from some old Ikea thing that was laying in the garage, to raise up the height of the lamp
- The top of our refrigerator provides a nice warm environment and its handy location ensures I won’t forget to water
So there you have it, the entire system was $28, not including seeds. They were around $2.75 a packet, and I got Seed Savers Exchange ones from our local CO-OP.