move seed operation to basement?
Last year I germinated and raised my first ever seedlings in the garage. With the limited space I have in my garage doing so requires me to reconfigure it so that I could suspend my grow lights from the ceiling via carabiners.
This season I am considering moving my operation into my basement. I have a mostly finished basement but my plan is to use the unfinished part which is also my non-perishable food storage area and home to my hot water heater and gas furnace. Would this area be a suitable environment for germinating and growing my seedlings? My entire basement is unheated but since it is mostly subterranian (I only have three basement windows in the finished part of the basement) there is no need for heat (except for when we get a polar vortex invasion).
Growing the seedlings in the basement should make life easier for me but it doesn't come without some drawbacks.
The pros/cons would be:
1) Pro - Having access to the floor joists overhead from which I can hang all of my grow lights in virtually any spot in that part of the basement.
2) Con- Lack of any sunlight that my garage at least gets through its small glass panels in the garage doors.
3) Con - Watering....I usually fill a flat with water, then let the cell packs soak for a bit, then I dump the water outside the garage on my lawn. Well, its going to be a little more challenging to do this in the basement with no sinks or drains so I'm just going to have to be creative.
4) Con - Bugs.....Last year I had an outbreak of these tiny gnats from some seedlings that invaded my kitchen. I don't know how or why this happened, but I don't know how messy this could get if I get an outbreak in my basement.
5) Con - The hardening process. The one benefit of having the operation in my garage was that I could easily move my plants outside and back in during the hardening process. After moving them back in the garage they would go back under the lights (to account for 12-16 hours of light between the outdoors and grow lights).
Suggestions are welcome. Thanks!