Build Your Own DIY Seed Starting Rack Tutorial

diy seed starting rack tutorial

It’s that time of year again, and we’ve found a fantastic tutorial so that you can build your own DIY seed starting rack!

Normally we purchase plants for our garden that have already been started from our local nursery, but this year, we decided to start our own! It’s been a great experience, and also educational for the kids to peek and see how much each seedling has grown every morning.

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We did some research and decided to build our own seed starting rack from this tutorial at Old World Garden Farms. The tutorial is extremely easy to follow, and you end up with a great seed starting rack that is sturdy enough to use as shelving for cans or other items when it is not growing season. The rack is inexpensive to build, and even a beginner can figure it out. A couple of things we did learn through this process were: Don’t plant your seeds way too early (yeah, we did that), and check around for the most inexpensive shop lights you can find! We noticed that prices for lights vary quite a bit between stores, and when you need a lot of them the cost starts to add up.

We are loving the process of starting our plants from seeds, and plan to do it every year from now on. We love knowing where our plants are coming from, and growing them in a way we are comfortable with.

And yes, we are “keeping it classy” with those Red Solo Cups our tomatoes are growing in…. I have a post coming soon about ways to get pots for your seedlings at a more affordable price than the expensive home improvement stores. We used the cups as a last resort, but then found a great alternative that I can’t wait to share with you.

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2 thoughts on “Build Your Own DIY Seed Starting Rack Tutorial

  1. Dana Alley

    Yay for fresh food! I live in an apartment now (with virtually no direct sun EVER) but we are moving in August and all I can think about is how I will finally have some fresh veggies (and maybe a hen or too!). Your little nursery looks great! I’m pretty envious.I tried raising seedlings in egg shells a while ago (from my sunless apartment deck) and they all died. I just don’t think they were strong enough to push through the egg shells. How sad is that!? Have a wonderful day! Visiting from Mom Bloggers Club Monday Blog Hop.

  2. IdlewildAlaska

    I love starting my own seeds, but I do need a better set up! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!


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