I guess you could call this recycling. My husband’s cousin’s widow gave me a 10 gallon fish tank that she said she was just going to throw away. It was practically brand new and in perfect condition. So, I couldn’t turn it down. The filter that came with it was very poor quality and insufficient for the needs of a fully stocked freshwater tropical fish tank. No wonder they couldn’t keep any fish alive in it. Anyway, after about a year of trying to keep it going with fish they all died and I turned it into a greenhouse for starting my seeds instead of throwing it out. I figured it has the special aquarium/grow light type lamp and it would hold heat and moisture well; it should work.
I used some of the newspaper pots that I made for my winter sowing project for this greenhouse. I fit in 15 rows of 8 mini pots each with orange juice carton pieces as dividers and markers. This is what I planted between April 23-25, 2008:
|Date Planted||Row||# Planted||Bought/Rec’vd||Type||Common Name|
|4/25/2008||1||4||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Tiger-Like, IND, 70+ DTM|
|4/23/2008||1||5||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Costoluto Genovese, IND, 90 DTM|
|4/23/2008||2||4||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Italian Market Wonder, IND, 75 DTM|
|4/24/2008||2||4||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Olena Ukrainian; IND, 85 DTM|
|4/23/2008||3||3||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Bonny Best; IND, 72 DTM|
|4/24/2008||3||3||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Livingston’s Golden Queen, IND, 78 DTM|
|4/23/2008||3||3||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Cosmonaut Volkov; DET, 75 DTM|
|4/25/2008||5||9||11/8/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Marglobe VF, DET, 75 DTM|
|4/24/2008||6||9||10/23/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Speckled Roman Heirloom|
|4/25/2008||7||9||2003||Fruit||Tomatillo, Mexican Husk|
|4/23/2008||8||9||4/15/2007||Fruit||Tomato, Jelly Bean Hybrid, Indeterminate|
|4/25/2008||10||9||2003||Fruit||Pepper, Chile Bola|
|4/25/2008||11||9||2004||Fruit||Pepper – Ancho/Poblano|
|4/25/2008||13||9||2004||Fruit||Pepper – Jalapeno Early|
|4/25/2008||14||8||2004||Fruit||Pepper – Marconi Red|
|4/25/2008||15||9||2004||Fruit||Pepper – Serrano|
I watered the whole thing with a pint of water with 2 baby aspirin dissolved in it. Supposedly the aspirin is going to aide in germination and ward off dampening off.
On Monday of this week I was searching through the “barn” and found an old waterproof lamp that’s made for a 15 watt bulb to give heat. I wasn’t going to use it for it’s original enclosure so I brought it in, cleaned it up and hung it inside the fish tank greenhouse as close to the top as I could get it. It keeps the temperature in there a steady 72 F. Both the aquarium light and the heat light are kept on 24-7.
It’s paid off already. I was misting the little pots and noticed that I have three sprouts – 1 of the Marglobe Tomato and 2 of the Speckled Roman Heirloom Tomatoes. In the picture you can barely see them so I’ve circled them in green. Hopefully once their baby leaves unfurl I’ll get a better picture. Not bad for only 5 full days in the tank and 3 under the heatlamp. 😀