Here we have my dead upright freezer. It saw many years of service, both here on the Farmlette and in it's previous home in Rice Lake (where I scored on a Craigslist deal). I've been pondering its removal during the annual village clean-up, when you can toss everything from old paint to old appliances for free-or-small-fees. Really, the whole thought of hauling it out and hauling it away was making me tired.
Then, there was a posting on a page I follow, where a gentleman gardener repurposed some old tall kitchen cabinets with wire shelving inserts and a low wattage lightbulb to create a homemade germination cabinet.
And I thought: Huh. You know, I could really use one of those...
So, new life in the old freezer yet!
I dug out an old shoplight and a 60 watt bulb, hung it off the bottom shelf and parked a freezer thermometer in there to give it a go. Within three hours, it had reached 72 degrees Fahrenheit and stayed there overnight. Now that is perfect for seed germination for a whole lot of different plants!
So now, instead of a white elephant crouching malevolently on the porch, I have a perfect, insulated and wire-shelved seed germination unit of perfect proportions. Once the weeks roll past and it's time to start sowing, I'll be ready to start my seeds in style.