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The clutter was bugging me. I worked over the weekend. This necessitated going into the dreaded work cupboard. It occurred to me our stuff could be better organized. The work cupboard is a jumble of soufflé cups, spoons, plastic gloves, hairnets, etc. It's a hodge-podge of supplies leftover from various gigs. The wire shelving rack will soon be full of seedlings. I don't need stored electrical appliances under wet plant trays. The shelf spacing was wrong for proper seed tray lighting, too far apart. I had an extra shelf laying around too. It was a mess.

I started in this morning on the backlog of dirty dishes. With that accomplished, orders got prepared and shipped before the post office closed. Then to work. I took all of the things off the wire rack. I took all the supplies out of the work cupboard. I placed all of the electrical appliances in the work cupboard, cleaning each before putting them away. A toaster oven, two crockpots, a one cup hot water dispenser, the ice cream churn, and then repacked my punch bowl and cups into one box. Cupboard neat and full! Then on to work supplies. Loose napkins have been corralled and put onto the kitchen table. Soufflé cups have been neatly organized. Plastic gloves are in a ziploc to grab n go. Hairnets may get repurposed. They are not nets per se. They are white pressed fibers that look like I could strain something through them, like a coffee filter. Spoons are all in one bag. Everything fits neatly in a linen drawer.

Now onto the rack. I moved it out of the way. A filthy corner was exposed. Chronographia played Sophie Hatter (Howl's Moving Castle). All the spiders were told to git! The walls were scrubbed. The floor swept. The floor was scrubbed. The garbage emptied, etc. Then on to fixing my poor wire shelving unit.

Reconfiguring shelving for seedlings

We took out three of five shelves. The leather mallet was my dad's from when he worked at Belle Foundry in the 1950s. They made ship bells for all the ships on the Great Lakes. I think Sturgeon Bay still has the remains of a ship-building yard. Anyway, I set the shelf heights at 10" apart so that the lights are closer to the plants. We added a sixth shelf from the unit in the front window. The bigger plants needed more space to grow on that unit. You can see where the shelf used to be by the black shims on the posts. The orange and lemon trees needed the space.

Beginning to look a lot like Solstice

So now I put empty Grolsch bottles on the bottom shelf and cannining pots. The Grolsch bottles have lids to keep soil out. They can get wet or dusty without being harmed. I now have space for 7 trays of seedlings. I need four light fixtures and five grow spectrum LED bulbs. The light fixtures are not that expensive. They come from the hardware store. But the Grow lights are $19.95 each. They are down from $35 two years ago but still pricey. I plan to plant three trays of onions, one tray of leeks, one of celery, and the rest an assortment of swiss chard and other early plantables. I've had trouble starting lettuce indoors. We'll try a different seed company and see how it goes.


Now to work on my inventory and website so I can raise money to pay for this.
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