Seed Starting Flats

Back in the day nurseries used wooden trays to start their plants.  Rather than having plastic six packs with a cell for each seedling, seeds were sown in the tray and allowed to germinate.  Soon after the seedlings appeared the plants were separated and replanted into individual pots or transferred to a garden bed.

The idea of using durable reusable trays rather than flimsy disposable plastic pots appealed to me.  I wanted to try it out so I decided to make my own set of planting flats.

Scrap Wood

The scrap wood pile is always a good place to start for a project like this.  I happened to have a pile of short boards that our weird neighbor gave me. (I consulted with Molly and she agrees he totally goes into the ‘weird’ category).

Cutting up

First they got cut up to size.

Drilling holes

Then I drilled holes so I could screw them together.

Boxes

Assembled the boxes

Making slats

Cut slats for the bottom

Finished flats

Nailed the slats on

Finished flats

Now we’re rich with boxes!

The flats came out great and I just like them as objects.  In fact, I use one as a monitor stand at my computer (but that’s just me).  I’ll show you some of the other ways we used them in upcoming posts.

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4 Comments

  1. Sandyl
    Posted February 10, 2012 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    I can’t tell from the photo, but knowing you, I assume you designed the 3. Sizes to nest within each other for easy storage?

    • Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:57 am | Permalink

      That would be pretty clever…….
      I actually designed them to fit inside of a couple of sizes of shallow plastic drawers that we had already.

  2. DeAnn Payne
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    I just found your blog through Home Grown NM and love it! I am organizing a provident living fair in May and am trying to find local resources (people like you and Molly). You are both pretty impressive I must say. Awesome blogging skills and homesteading skills…neat, neat, neat!  I live in Sandia Park which is about 4 miles from Golden.  What side of Santa Fe are you on?

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