cost effectiveness of diy grow lights

Cost-effectiveness of DIY lettuce with grow lights

I suggested to dad we compute the cost of our DIY grow lights (for growing lettuce) and see if it’s cheaper than buying at the store.

“Why in the [censored] should I care if it’s cheaper?” He said.

“Cuz then you might as well buy it in the store,” I said.

“You’re missing the point son. I ain’t growing my own lettuce to save money. I’m growing my own lettuce so when the [censored] hits the fan, I’m not eating spam and dog food, waiting my sorry [censored] in a government-sponsored shelter, hoping the Red Cross or FEMA or the Mormons come ‘n save me from going all Donner party on my neighbors. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll grow my own lettuce.” Continue reading “Cost-effectiveness of DIY lettuce with grow lights”

DIY grow lights for lettuce update

DIY grow lights, update

I’ve already talked about how the grow light stand was built, and how cost-effective it was. Now we’ve got a new problem. Luckily, I recorded a conversation between dad and mom on December 17th, 2016. We were all sitting around the television watching a rerun of Perry Mason.

Mom: The grow lights seem to be working.

Dad: *mumbled something inaudible that sounds like a cross between a dog growl and trapped curse word*

Mom: Something wrong with it?

Dad: The two planters. The seeds. They’re not the same height. Shoulda started both with new seeds. But I transplanted them scraggly suckers and now they’re taking off faster than the new plantings and [censored]-near touching the bulbs. Gotta find a way to have the two planters at different heights.  Continue reading “DIY grow lights, update”

DIY indoor grow lights, the manly way


The following conversation was recorded on Friday, December 9, 2016 while sitting on the dining room table dad build when I was ten or so. Dad was wearing a plaid shirt he’s had since before I was born. It still has a crease over the breast pocket from when he used to smoke. Despite his later jesting, he’s actually made quite a few healthy lifestyle changes since he lost his brother in 2007. He’s been nicotine sober for 8 years now and a rehabilitated carnivore for the last three. (Though he still fancies a fatty steak now and again).  Continue reading “DIY indoor grow lights, the manly way”