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Building and Using Seedling Flats

Sustainable seed starting boxes for your garden and harvest
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 3:03 PM

With Spring just around the corner, it is time to start getting prepared for planting your resilient garden.  December and January have been spent looking through seed catalogs and placing orders for the new crops you want to try.  Maybe you acquired some fun new varieties from a seed exchange or neighbor.  Visions of a great garden harvest are clear in your mind.  But how do you help to ensure that your seeds will become vibrant plants?  In this article we will build a traditional seedling flat/box that allows for easy starting of seedlings and creates a sustainable, long-lasting container that can meet many of your garden needs.  

Advantages of using wooden seedling boxes:

  • Soil temperature is maintained better than plastic pots
  • Durable and will last for many seasons with proper care
  • Multiple varieties of plants can be planted in a single box
  • Very efficient use of space in the beginning of the season (Start a lot of plants in a very small space; less area to water, heat, and light)
  • Once the seed starting season is over, can be used for carrying in the harvest or displaying at local sellers' market