Upcycling at the Hybrid Homestead: Greenhouse Seedling Tables

Here at Farm to Family Ranch; we are making the most of our time being furloughed and in need of a “new normal” when the Shelter in Place orders are lifted.  We are putting our efforts into upgrading the farm to be more efficient and user friendly.  We are using materials on hand at our ranch to upcycle into useful, innovative, equipment.  Redwood lumber for this project were taken from our barn, where it was no longer in use. Doug Fir lumber was scavenged from old projects, or dismantled structures. Growing trays are being re-purposed from an old indoor growing project. As we scavenge materials for upcycling and repurposing, we have come to call our collection of materials “The Covid Store”; and we try not to shop anywhere else. Nothing new was purchased to create this amazing, functional seedling growing table.

Fitting seedling tables into basic framework.

We are re-purposing the old tomato trellis that was already installed in the greenhouse and the north, framed wall of the greenhouse as the foundation for the seedling tables. The 6×6 beams set in concrete and the studs in the north, framed wall are being used to hang the edges of the tables. The tables are set with a slight slope to allow for draining.

Seedling table construction

Studs in the north wall are notched for the horizontal support beams to take the weight of water soaked soil. Horizontal support beams beneath the tables also help to bear the weight of these tables once they are filled with plants. All horizontal beams that stretch from the wall to the vertical 6x6s are set with a slight slope to allow for drainage. All tables are conveniently set at hip height to prevent bending.

Framing detail

Framing for this structure occurred at the same time as table installation. Each table edge is sitting on horizontal beams.

Framing detail

Here in the framing detail, the framing that each table sits inside of is seen. In between tables, there are two 2x4s – one for each table to have its own frame.

Completed framing with seedling tables installed

Extra foundation blocks with notched 4x4s were added for additional support.

First Seedlings in the Re-Purposed Seedling Tables

Here we have our first round of seedlings loving their growing spot.

Author: Cathy

I am a micro organic farmer, dedicated to growing healthy soils and ecosystems as a basis for growing nutritionally dense food. Greetings from Farm to Family we are an off-grid homestead that is still connected to civilization and technology... like a “Jetsons” “Little House On the Prairie” fusion. We are all about independence and self sufficiency here on our homestead, yet we are still strongly connected to community and outside resources to obtain and maintain our self sufficiency. We generate our own electricity and have our own water source. We are working towards not working a 9-5 ever again, and the pandemic has been the bomb in our lives that is forcing that reality. Think Globally, Act Locally We created Farm to Family to share the knowledge and skills we have so we may become self sufficient; and hopefully others may follow our lead to self-sufficiency. Our global culture needs a massive life style change that can lead to self-sufficiency of our species. Currently, humans are manipulating Earth’s resources and cycles to a point that our weather patterns have changed, species are going extinct, and ecosystems & biomes are threatened. If we all work separately at our own homes, but together at developing new lifestyles; we can create worldwide change for the better of Earth and all of her inhabitants! Let’s come together as a community of like minded individuals who want new, Earth friendly lifestyles and share our knowledge.

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