Seed-Starting Shelf


| 3/31/2012 9:34:51 AM


Tags: seed starting shelf, pvc light stand, spring planting, Angela Blackerby,

If you've never started seeds indoors, and aren't willing to see if this strangely warm weather holds out for the entire summer, you need a place to plant. There are two easy options that I have found. The easiest for me was to make a seed starting shelf. First things first, you will need a few supplies: a simple shop light, a 40 watt light bulb for the light, 2 pieces of chain, S hooks, and a shelf of your choice. 

 Performance Utility Light  

Don't worry about getting anything too fancy. I picked a deeper shelf, but have other things to put on that shelf. Also, the shop light is 48" long and the shelf is only 36" long. I am prepared to deal with that, because the longer shelf was MUCH more expensive. You could definitely buy a different shelf that fits the light more exactly.
Assembles in Minutes   

Yeah, sure, assembles in 2 minutes.  Many, many minutes later, the shelf was assembled. Due to the nature of the shelf I picked out, I can attach S hooks to the bottom and adjust the height of the light as the plants grow.

The second option would to use a table you have and build a PVC light stand. I haven’t used this one myself, but with a 10’ section of 1” PVC, 2 L-shaped and 2 T-shaped connectors, as well as the shop light, chain and S Hooks you will be able to use any existing table or space as a growing area for new seedlings. Simply make an upside down “U” shape with parallel feet. Happy planting!
 New Shelf with grow light 


lee strausberg
4/6/2012 10:38:38 PM

This may not give enough light to keep the plants from getting leggy. I use two of the light holders per shelf and use grow lights. I have nice strong plants this easy.




Crowd at Seven Springs MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

LEARN MORE