Changing Spaces

By Jennifer Ruisch

Sometimes the right place to post up your grow lights just doesn’t present itself. Next to the bookshelves? In the bedroom? In the corner where we put the dog’s bed? Dog covering noseThe options, it would seem, are few. If you don’t have quite the spare space for a dedicated room, and aren’t working with a budget that would allow you to add one to your current abode, try a little clever maneuvering. This way you can create a dedicated space you and your plants will enjoy, without kicking Fido off his cushion.

First, make a plan.

Only you know what the present and future holds for your setup. Maybe you only have one Jumpstart T5 right now, imagesbut next year, you’re planning on adding three more to your collection. Plan out the floor space you will need to get a realistic idea of what kind of area you’re looking for. This way your plants (and your collection of lights, fans, and other rigs) can continue to grow.

Don’t jump to conclusions.

There may be plenty of spaces you never considered using. Look at the spaces in your home in a new way. The area under your basement stairs may be full of junk right now. But a little elbow grease and some sturdy eye hooks could create a graduated light hanging system with convenient drainage, all in a low-traffic area. Plus it’ll give you a reason to round up all those old yearbooks, ugly lamps, and spare camping supplies you’ve never used. Hello, Craigslist…

A little light construction never hurt anyone.

There may be some places in your home where you could imagine an indoor garden, but it’s just not quite right. There are many projects even a lay-person could take on that would contain a small area to focus on your gardening skills without breaking the bank. Or collapsing your roof. Maybe renter’s insurance is a good idea….

Air flow can be encouraged with the use of fans. images-1Windows can be blocked with light baffles and matte board. Heavy curtains can be hung from the ceiling to keep in heat and block light, as well as protect plants from pollinating each other from across rooms and buildings. You can construct simple walls using particle board and two-by-fours. Directions can be found online, and if you don’t have the tools on hand, you can rent them from local hardware stores.

You may not be a contractor, but you are a gardener, and you can imagine and build the best environment possible for your plants. You can build your own grow room using their specifications, and include all the bells and whistles you want, or make it clean and simple. It will save time and money if you start with structures that already exist, and work from there. The only limit is your imagination. You can add light, airflow, whatever you want, as long as there’s a gadget for it. You can make the area inconspicuous, or you can use it as a display arena for exotic plants, iStock_000008573611_Smalland showcase your hobby. Simply set aside a little space of your own, design the best grow space possible for your crop, stock it with all the right equipment, and then grow to your green heart’s content!