DIY Seed Sowing Station

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
DIY Seed Sowing Station

Starting Seeds is easy with a seed-sowing station.

Starting Seeds is easy with a seed-sowing station. Just obtain the following items:

  • Metal closet rack, with one-inch adjustable shelves. Mine was five feet tall, but you can definitely go shorter.
  • Four casters for mobility to catch the sunlight anywhere in the house.
  • Four-foot light fixtures and full spectrum, fluorescent bulbs. The fixtures should be grounded and attached to the metal frame and plugged into a grounded fixture into the wall to prevent shock. Water and electricity can be shocking when they get together.
  • Four heat mats. Again, plug these into a grounded fixture.
  • Recycled seed trays.
  • Seeds, and
  • Soilless, seed starting mix.
  • A watering can.

With my husband’s electrical assistance, we then assembled the parts to make a whole. Adjustable shelves are required because, as the seeds sprout and grow, you will need to move the shelves further away from the light. You can also use a seed starting block to eliminate the need for seed trays. If you do use recycled trays and inserts, first dunk them in a ten percent, bleach solution to clean them and remove bacteria. Don’t try recycling your seed starting mix. This is an important place to start anew.


Why a seed-sowing station?

  • Be ahead of the game in early spring with cabbage, broccoli and other plants which need to be started indoors.
  • Grow unique vegetable varieties. You’re not limited to the what the nursery has to offer, and you can indulge your catalog fantasies.
  • It’s a fun activity for winter when you’re itching to get your hands into warm soil.
  • You can’t afford a greenhouse, and this is the next, best thing.

Because it’s chrome, this seed-starting rack is also attractive, I’ll place mine in my tiled dining room. Water from trays won’t damage carpet or the wood floors of my bedroom--where we put the cart together. Plus, it’s near the kitchen where I cook, eat and write, and I’ll be more likely to keep an eye on things.

A friend gave me trays, and I’m experimenting with several different types. The smaller cells warm up faster, but must be transplanted sooner. I tend to like the larger containers with heat mats to warm the soil. Last year, I bought two heat mats. You can also use heating pads, but must buy those with continuous heat and no automatic shutoff. Some seeds, like eggplant, require heat beneath them to germinate. At least, that’s my experience.

Cover the seeds with plastic at first to help with germination and heat retention.

Living in Oklahoma, part of the mid-south, my transplant date for warm-weather crops is April 20th. To know when to start my tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, I count back the days on seed packets to determine when I should sow.

The total cost for our seed-sowing station was $237.00, but you could spend less by getting a shorter rack and shorter bulbs.

It may not be a full-fledged greenhouse, but it’s a fantastic step in the right direction for a jumpstart on spring.