So here it is. In furious creative stupors, I have produced this monstrosity.
Steps to construction included. I am both nervous and curious as to whether this mostly non-terrarium dependent design is worth a gee-golly-jeepers.
So, my major problems were 1: How do I raise the trays up and 2: Even though there shouldn't be that much water drainage at once, how do I collect it, or, at least, protect the table?
I just so happen to own... say... 2000 of these odd blue cards.
Add some foldage and Voila!
Then take foil and some masking tape...
And there you have it folks! trays raised about .5in off the surface.
In addition to basic gardening supplies, I got two enourmous CFL's (150Watt equivalent) and good reflectors. They generate a soft 80 degrees F to the touch, so I'll still need a space heater come the dead of winter. I set up some rigging to make them adjustable in height as needed.
Add trays with optional covers...
And finally, some well-blended Long-fibre sphagum, dampened.
Wide angle, lights off:
And that's it!
I get a timer in tomorrow to help with lighting, and the temps I'll just have to watch. I'm hoping this will be a comfy home for nep seeds and (hopefully) resultant seedlings. Comments? Suggestions? Am I a blind fool running wildly towards the brink of madness and despair? I still figure I'll have to make a wall of sorts around the table for excess water, no biggie. Although, after seeing all those pictures of dark, loamy peat, this ground-up LFS appears awfully tan, dark brown when wet.
Thanks for any and all input!