How to Build Grow Cabinets

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If you live in a colder climate or you live in an apartment where growing things outdoors isn't possible, a grow cabinet can help you to raise beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables on your own. Think of a grow cabinet as an indoor greenhouse that provides soil, light and the right environment for your plants. A grow cabinet is also a great way to grow plants indoors that might be toxic to pets or children, such as eggplant vines or foxglove. Finally, grow cabinets are a great way to grow plants hydroponically indoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen cupboard
  • Bathroom vent fan
  • Dryer vent tube
  • Tube clamp
  • Fluorescent grow light fixtures
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Jig saw
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Install grow lights into the bottom of each shelf of your kitchen cupboard by screwing the mounts into the shelves with the screwdriver and wood screws.

  • Drill a hole into the side of the cupboard for the grow light wiring. Thread the grow light cord out of the cupboard through the hole.

  • Hold the bathroom vent up to the top of the cupboard and trace around it with the pencil. Then cut a hole out of the area that you have traced. Attach the vent to the outside of this hole using the screwdriver and wood screws, and the vent screen to the inside of the cabinet. Attach the vent's wiring to the same electrical wiring that powers your grow lights.

  • Cut another hole in the cabinet near the bottom, using your jig saw. This will be the cabinet's air intake. As hot air is pulled out of the cabinet by the vent, cool air will be pulled into the cabinet from the intake.

  • Clamp the dryer vent hose to your bathroom vent's exhaust system. Place the other end of the hose outside of a window or through a cracked door. This will prevent the hot air of the cabinet from heating the rest of your room.

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