Thank you for your support! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click links to various merchants on this site and make a purchase, this can result in this site earning a commission. Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network and Amazon Associates.
Get a head start with the best seed box ideas
The seed box, which can be kept in the house or shed, is the most practical method of raising early plants for the Home Vegetable Garden. If you make one yourself, the cost of equipment is practically nil, and the seed box greatly facilitates earlier crops of French Beans, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Melons, Marrows, Pumpkins, Egg Plant, etc., and is also invaluable for starting plants of hardier sorts, such as Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, etc., particularly where an outdoor seed bed is not practicable.
Seed Germination Kits
A top rated sturdy seed tray with heat mat made with high quality plastic. This tray is durable, reusable and recyclable – perfect for starting seeds, plant cloning, growing herb and salad leaves.
A colorful and attractive seed box especially designed for propagating microgreens such as wheatgrass. This seed box would brighten up any kitchen.
This seeds starter kit includes a lot of goodies 50 x Plant Labels, 10 x Seedling Trays, 10 x Watertight Base Trays, 10 Plastic Humidity Dome, 1 x Seedling Dibber, and 1 x Seedling Widget for quick transplanting of seedling.
Good sturdy plants of Tomatoes, Melons, and other tender Vegetables may be had ready for planting out as soon as frosts are over. Transplanting, if properly done, develops a strong root system and the plants commence to grow right away. Any wooden box will fill the purpose, but the following are good dimensions to work on: Depth, 3½ to 4 inches; width, 12 to 14 inches; length, 20 to 24 inches. Drill holes in the bottom of the box to allow drainage, and stand the box on bricks to allow a free passage of air underneath.
Place a layer of about an inch of gravel or charcoal in the bottom of the box and then fill nearly full with rich garden loam or soil enriched with well-decayed leaf compost or manure. Press the soil down firmly with a piece of board and mark out rows from ¼ to ½ inch deep and 2 inches apart crosswise of the box. Sow about 8 or 10 seeds to the inch, in the rows, and cover with soil.
Water and place the box in a light, warm situation. Just inside a sunny window is a first-class position. Water sufficiently to cause germination and growth, but do not give enough water to cause it to leak through the box. Bear in mind the fact that very frequent watering of germinating seed has a tendency to weaken its vitality, and be careful never to allow the soil to get too dry.
A piece of glass used as a cover will hold the moisture in the soil and quicken germination. Be careful not to flood the surface of the soil, and only water through a fine rose can or with a fine sprayer. Cover the glass with brown paper to keep out the light until the seed germinates and as the seedlings grow remove the glass, otherwise the plants are liable to become drawn and spindly. When about 1 to 1½ inches high, thin the plants to 1 or 2 inches apart in the rows to allow sufficient space for making a strong, sturdy growth.
The plants thinned out if desired may be planted back into similar seed boxes. Transplanting from the seed box into Strawberry boxes as recommended below is a good plan, and as these plants will not be subsequently disturbed they can be grown to a fair size before being put out in the open. As the weather becomes milder place the box out of doors for a few hours a day to harden the young seedlings, increasing the time a little every day or two, and decrease the watering so that the plants will become better accustomed to the conditions under which they are to mature.
Just before the plants are lifted out of the box for transplanting, a good watering is essential so that a large ball of earth will adhere to the roots of each one. A simple and modified form of raising plants in seed boxes is to plant early a few seeds in a Strawberry box, which can be kept in a warm place as suggested above. By the time the seedlings are large enough for planting out the bottom of the box can be cut away, and the remaining frame, without disturbing the plants, sunk in its permanent position in the garden, thus avoiding any possible check in growth. This method is particularly useful for French Beans, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, etc. Care must be taken only to have sufficient plants in each box, but any surplus may be lifted and transplanted as with those thinned out from the larger seed boxes.
Funky plant raising solutions
Indoor Herb Garden Kit with energy efficient LED grow light for faster growth, grow fresh herbs and vegetables all year round. The plants grow naturally in water and do not require soil and makes no mess.
Tend a vegetable garden right on your office desk! This garden is a simple system and involves no complicated parts. You just fill up the container with water and keep an eye on the water levels as your plants grow. A built in alert will let you know if the levels are too low. Perfect!
Indoor hydroponics growing system with all the tools you need: measuring cup, tweezer, sponge, seed box, plant hole cover & nutrient water.