Build A Light Table to Start Seedlings

The easiest way to get your organic seedlings off to a healthy start, is to use an adjustable light table.  I like to start my own seeds because I’m not limited to the few varieties found in nurseries or garden centers.  And you can purchase quality organic, heirloom seeds of all sorts of gourmet flower and vegetable varieties.

Constructing a Light Table

I designed a simple, adjustable light table to in order to keep that all-important light source close to the seedlings.  Keeping the light close to the seedlings makes the plants grow fast with strong stalks and leaf nodes that are close together.  The shorter and stalkier the plant, the better they can support big flowers or vegetables.  And when the top of the plant is strong and healthy, the root system is strong and well-developed.

I also wanted a light table that is compact and can be easily taken apart for storage once your seeds are ready to be planted outside.  In the video that follows I show you how easy and inexpensive it is to build.  After the video, you’ll find a list of the specific materials to purchase to build your own light table.

Here’s a parts list and easy construction instructions. Do not use 1/2″ PVC, use 3/4″ PVC for strength.

  • PVC “T’s, 8 ea.  These ‘T’s form the feet
  • PVC ‘Elbows’, 4 ea
  • PVC pipe,  4 ea., 2′ lengths
  • PVC pipe, 2 ea., 4′ lengths
  • Hot Glue
  • Small chain, 2 pieces, each 2′ in length  and ‘S’ hooks, 4 ea.
  • Shop lighting kit, 4′ with full spectrum fluorescent light bulbs
  • Timer

Using Hot Glue, glue together 4 ‘T’s in an ‘L’ configuration.  Hot Glue is a quick set glue that almost instantly binds the PVC together.

Glue 1 elbow to one end of each 2′ length of pipe.  These are your uprights.

That’s all there is to the construction part of your light table.  Now you can just insert the pipe into the ‘T’s and the Elbows as shown on the video and your stand is ready to go.

Attach the shop light to the stand using the chain and ‘S’ Hooks.  Your shop light kit may come with fluorescent bulbs, but its important to purchase and install full-spectrum fluorescent bulbs.  Full-spectrum lighting mimics the actual rays of the sun.

Put your lighting on a timer that gives you 12 hours of actual light and 12 hours of dark.

You will be amazed at the quality of the plants you’re able to grow, easily and inexpensively.  Gardening doesn’t have to be complicated!

In sync with nature,

Tova Roseman
Earth Diva 

 

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Tova Roseman is a horticulturist, designer, professional speaker and nationally best-selling author. She received two awards for Best Program in the nation for the Garden Talk Line on KOH radio and has been featured on HGTV, Discovery, NBC and ABC television. Tova is well-known for creating lush, organic gardens that are waterwise and pollinator friendly in challenging climates.