I finally got a chance to sit down and film and edit a new YouTube video this week. The topic is a tour of my indoor seed starting setup!
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Why Do I Start My Own Seedlings?
I think learning to start your own seedlings indoors is one of the most important things a gardener can learn to do. Starting your own seedlings opens up a whole new world of plant varieties and options for your backyard garden.
There are so many plants that you just can’t get at your local nursery. So if you want to grow them then you need to start them yourself using an indoor seed-starting setup!
With spring quickly approaching I thought it would be a good time to start filming my weekly gardening tips again. So today I set out for the garage with my new mic in hand to take you on a tour of my seed starting setup!
In the video, I take you through how I use our indoor seed starting station. After you watch the video be sure to look below for some tips on how to build your own indoor seed starting setup.
Here’s the video:
Indoor Seed Starting Setup
In the video, I promised some more pictures of the shelf structure along with a materials list:
Building an Indoor Seed Starting Setup
- Circular Saw or Hand saw
- Electric Drill
- 1/8 inch drill bit for pre-drilling
- 7- 8 foot 2×2’s
- 1 box 2-inch screws
- 4 hooks
- 2- 4 foot shop lights
- 2 pieces of shelving (Material of your choice) 48 inches long by 20 inches wide
Cut the 2×2’s as follows
- 4 – 48 inch boards
- 5 – 60 inch boards
- 8 – 17.5 inch boards
Assembly of your Indoor seed starting setup
1. Assemble the sides first, each side has two 5-foot boards and two 17.5-inch boards. The 17.5-inch boards go on the inside and are attached using a couple of screws driven through the 5-foot boards. Two of the 17.5-inch boards go on the top and 2 at 30 inches measured down from the top.
2. Connect the two sides with the four 48-inch boards, these boards again go at the top and at 30 inches measured down from the top.
3. Add the extra four 17.5-inch boards in about 4 inches from the ends connecting the two sides. These extra boards are to hang the lights from and to add extra support.
4. Finally screw the shelves down with 3 screws on each side driven into the 48-inch side boards.
That’s it! It is really quite simple to put this indoor seed-starting setup together!
Alternative Option to Building a Seed Starting Shelf
I decided to upgrade my seed starting setup because I have increased the number of seeds I start now. I basically start most of my own seeds instead of buying starts from my local nursery. I just save so much money with the amount of seedlings I need.
I needed more shelves and lights so I decided to buy a metal shelf this past year and I am pretty happy with the results. If you don’t want to build a shelf then here is an alternative option. Watch the video to learn more.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s video about our Indoor seed starting setup!