Having a garden means being prepared for the upcoming growing season. One way to do that is to start your seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost date in your zone. But when its cold and dreary outside and you don’t have the window space, what’s a gardener to do? I know what I did. I had Mr. G make me a PVC Garden Grow Light.
Making your own grow light stand isn’t hard at all and relatively inexpensive. This version will be easy to store away and put back together when needed.
Items to make this project:
- PVC pipe .5″
- PVC end caps .5″
- PVC Tee .5″
- PVC elbow .5″
- PVC pipe cutter
- Garden grow light
- Grow heater pad
As you can see from the picture above, this is a simple idea but works well when it comes to growing your seedlings before you plant them in the spring.
Purchase your light first to help you decide how wide you want your stand. Since I already had a 24″ grow light fixture, we went with that. Our stand is just a few inches larger than the grow light. The width is large enough to shine over a common seed tray.
We used a chain we already had and cut to size. Mr. G left some slack on the chain to raise it up and down. Drilling holes in the top PVC pipe, he simply pulled the chain through and used a nail to stop it from sliding back through. He then connected the other end of the chain with S hooks to the light.
I keep the light on a timer so that my seedlings get the recommended 12 hours of good light a day. If you are growing flowers, you will need to leave the light on for about 16 hours a day.
As you can see, I keep my grow light in the corner and out of the way. Since it really doesn’t get cold here where I live, I don’t need a heating pad. The heating pad will help the seeds grow faster in the coolness of your home during the winter. I just set my seedling pan on top of a thick old towel to keep it up off the cold concrete.
The dimensions of my grow light stans is 31″ wide x 22″ high x 16″ deep.
I put tomato, green bell pepper, and herbs under the grow light. Cucumbers, lettuce, and cabbage I plant directly in the ground. Again, this practice may be different depending on your zone. Before I started using a grow light to start seeds, I planted all my seeds directly into the ground. I found out I needed that extra 6-week seedling grow period before the last frost date so my growing season would be finished before the Florida heat started.
That’s it! When your growing season is over, just take the stand apart and store away. A simple garden project you can use year after year to help you get a jump start on your spring planting season.
Get yer hands dirty,
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