A 6-shelf chrome storage shelf measuring 72″ x 48″ x 18″

48″ warm fluorescent lights (6500 K)

48″ cool fluorescent lights (4100 K)

48″ fluorescent plug-in shop lights with chains and s-hooks included



A self-watering seedling tray (no dome)

3.5 oz. soft plastic bathroom cups, two holes drilled into the bottom with a 1/4″ bit

Peat pots

Jumbo square pots

Traditional bulb pans

A variety of plastic seedling trays and clear domes



Seed spoons with 4 different cup sizes

Wooden plant labels

Jiffy-Gro heating mat to help seeds germinate

Miscellaneous items: heavy- and light-duty scissors, pens, pencils, markers and tape

Coffee filters (for an alternate way to germinate seeds)

A foot basin for mixing and dampening soil

Seedling sprayer, 11″ tall and holds 12 oz.


6 Responses to “Seed Starting”

  1. Lyssa Says:

    Hi 🙂 Love your site & enjoy your updates.

    I had a question as to where you purchased your shop light (48″ plug in shoplight with chain and s hooks included).

    I have my shelf set up and trays and seeds and decided to get a light set up (first timer here) and was wondering if you could point me in the right direction.


    • Kathy Says:

      Hi Lyssa,

      I bought my shop lights from Home Depot. They had the best quality for the best price. You may have to hunt around for them as they don’t always have them on display in the fluorescent lighting area.


  2. Lyssa Says:

    Thank you Kathy, for that info. I found 2 Shop Lights for a great price at HD & picked up the light bulbs. In the end my shelving unit was actually not big enough for them so I bought some wire shelving racks and set it up .. then I wondered something so I’m hoping you can answer me.
    Once the shop light is hooked up to the shelving unit .. how much distance should I leave from where it hangs above to the seed tray itself? For example right now the tray is sat on one shelf and I’d say the light is hanging about six inches over it. Is this too close do you think? I have 2 bulbs in the fixture but perhaps I should only use one if I cannot get much more on the height.

    Appreciate your answers – I’m learning so much via your page and following your adventures. Saw your seed packets at the trade table at Seedy Saturday too.

  3. Jen Says:

    Hi Kathy,

    I’m a bit southwest of you, and I was wondering when would be a good time to start my tomatoe seeds. I have a heavy plastic greenhouse which lets in light all day long, and I use a waterbed heater to keep my seedling trays warm overnight. This system has worked well in the past for me, but now that I’m trying heirloom seeds I’m not sure if I should start my plants earlier than I have in the past. Generally I count back 7 weeks from May 24 to start my seeds.
    Just curious when you get started.
    BTW – your site is tomatotastic! If I lived closer I would love to attend the events you have posted.

    • Kathy Says:

      Hi Jen,

      Thanks for the compliment! I’m actually starting my tomato seeds this weekend. My planting out date is May 15th, a week earlier than most people around me who plant out on May Long Weekend.


  4. Duncan Says:

    Looks great! I’m doing the same thing this weekend – peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, all in a home-built shelving system.

    As to Lyssa’s question… most of the seeding info I have seen seems to suggest that closer is better – like 3-6″. That’s what I’m aiming for, to start.

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