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joannakat
Apr 25, 2018 8:11 PM CST
I live in a condo. That means that all the windows have to be uniform on all the "units." I've always wanted a greenhouse window in my kitchen so that I could enjoy herbs growing right there where I need them. But being that I live in a condo, I can't install one.

On either side of my kitchen sink window, that is, the window that's right in front of my sink, there are these tiny shelves. They're not very useful except for putting cute things on. So a couple of days ago, I went out and bought a piece of wood that has the same depth (or width) as those little shelves, and created my own little makeshift greenhouse window! I just placed the wood on those little shelves for support, and here's the result:
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Next step as the herbs grow and need more light is to place another plank of wood at the top shelves, and affix a grow light to the underside so that it'll shine directly on my herb plants!

I guess I could sand and stain the planks too, but right now, I'm enjoying the fragrance of fresh-cut wood as I wash my dishes.

Hope this is useful to someone. Smiling

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lovemyhouse
Apr 25, 2018 8:17 PM CST
Love this idea--it is a perfect solution. Smiling I tip my hat to you.
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joannakat
Apr 25, 2018 8:25 PM CST
Thank You! Debra!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 25, 2018 8:27 PM CST
Awesome use of your space and light! I see two more shelves in your greenhouse window in the near future!!
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Legalily
Apr 25, 2018 8:34 PM CST
Great idea Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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joannakat
Apr 25, 2018 8:37 PM CST
Thank You! Cheryl and Ginny!
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plantladylin
Apr 25, 2018 8:50 PM CST
Joanna, how creative and a perfect solution ... love it! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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joannakat
Apr 25, 2018 9:09 PM CST
plantladylin said:Joanna, how creative and a perfect solution ... love it! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up


Thanks Lin, what I love best about it is how simple it is! No screws or drilling, no assembly. And all my little pots are now at eye level! Well, I'm kinda short, so a little above.... D'Oh!

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plantmanager
Apr 25, 2018 9:15 PM CST
You're a genius, Joanna! That is a great work around and I also think you need a few more shelves if it doesn't cut down too much on your light.
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joannakat
Apr 28, 2018 5:10 PM CST
Phase two:

The upper shelf can be raised as the plants grow, and grow lights can be daisy-chained if I need more light. In the future, the top shelf will also be home to some plants. Which? Don't know yet!

And the cord will be pinned up so that it'll be less conspicuous, and the whole thing will be on a timer.

If anyone is going to use grow lights in this fashion, be advised that they are not the actual size they are supposed to be. My is supposed to be 2' wide, but it's about 2" less! What's that about? Shrug!

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pod
May 7, 2018 4:40 PM CST
I love this idea! Great use of space. Thumbs up
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joannakat
May 7, 2018 6:39 PM CST
pod said:I love this idea! Great use of space. Thumbs up


Thanks Kristie!

The herb seeds I planted have come up and are enjoying the space.
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greene
May 9, 2018 6:13 AM CST
This is an excellent gardening idea. I just tossed some Acorn Acorn Acorn your way. Thumbs up
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joannakat
May 9, 2018 6:58 AM CST
greene said:This is an excellent gardening idea. I just tossed some Acorn Acorn Acorn your way. Thumbs up


Thank you very much on both accounts! Thumbs up

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