In February, Sarah pulled out our grow box–I had made it last year–and got our seeds started. I should have written this post then, so that others could have made their own this year, but unfortunately I didn’t. A friend asked how I made it, so I figured I’d post about it now so that you can build yours for next year. It’s quick and easy.
- plastic Rubbermaid-type bin with lid (the under-the-bed size works well)
- 4 – 2 x 1/4 inch bolts, with 4 nuts, and 4 – 1 1/2 inch washers
- 4 – 18 x 1/4 inch pieces of all thread rod, with 8 nuts, and 8 large washers
- board (plywood or shelving) approximately 24 x 12 inches (dependent on your lid size)
- 2 aquarium light fixtures with full spectrum fluorescent bulbs
1) On the inside of the lid, attach the board with the bolts and nuts, put the washers on the outside of the lid so the bolts won’t pull through the plastic. Line the board up in the inside center of the lid and drill a 1/4 inch hole through each corner of the board, with a matching hole through the lid. This board provides the stable surface to mount the light fixtures.
Plant your seeds – the container you choose doesn’t really matter, but make sure there are holes in the bottom for drainage. Place the containers in bin, adjusting the all thread so the light is close to the plants. As the plants grow larger the light can be lifted higher by adjusting the nuts on the all thread.
(I used 10 inch all thread, it was high enough when I first started but not enough when the plants grew bigger, so I cut blocks to put under each all thread leg to make them higher.)
Simple and it works.
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