How to Make Your Own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand!

Garden MUST HAVE for starting your vegetable seeds!  With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand.  This is a easy project to make instead of buying a store bought light stand – saving you hundreds of dollars!  We use this for our seeds and they grow amazing – last Summer we picked over 1,000 pounds of vegetables!  

This year we wanted to upgrade to a larger space for our seedlings to grow.   In the past, we had a large shelf with grow lights, but with the garden getting bigger this year, that means we need more space to grow seedlings.   We began to look at premade grow carts from all the garden suppliers and were shocked by how much their grow carts cost.  They were anywhere from $700-$1300.. and sometimes more!   Not being ok with spending that much money on a growing system that we knew we could make for a lot less, we set off to our local home improvement store to make our own!

With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

You’ll need 3 main supplies to make your own Seedling Grow Light Stand.

First, you’ll need a stand.  We got this Husky 5 tier shelf.  This is a model on Amazon that’s the same thing.   If you want to make it a cart that you can move, you can easily add on wheels.    
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

Next, you need a light wireguard.  We’ve been using Lithonia for the last few years and they’re great.  Each one will require 4 bulbs.  For each shelf, we use 2 of these so the entire shelf is covered from front to back.
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

Lastly, you need lights.  This is important.  Your plants need light! We always use Philips T8 Daylight Deluxe bulbs.  
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

The stand took about 30 minutes to setup (thanks Matthew).  We will be using 2 shelves for growing, with the other shelves acting as storage and possibly more growing as the seedlings need to be put in larger pots. 
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

Put your bulbs in.
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

I’d recommend getting a timer for your lights so you don’t have to worry about turning them off/on.  Ours goes off at midnight and comes back on at 8AM.  
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

And just like that you’re all set to grow!

What will the results be like? They’ll be amazing.

We always grow our plants from seeds,  but they usually take a week to come up with sometimes not every seed being germinated.  With great seeds and these grow lights, the plants were all up within 3 days.  3 days!  Also, every single seed came up, including our double “just in case” seeds which means we’ll be double the plants!

This is one week after planting.  
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

Another tip is that once your seedlings are up, add a fan on low.  This is going to simulate wind that the plants will have to deal with eventually, so it’s worth getting them strong from the very beginning. You can see the fan on the far side.
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

And within a few weeks, you’re going to have some awesome looking super strong seedlings ready to plant outdoors!

Check out our bok choy..
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

And more bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, onions…
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

And tomatoes and peppers.  The majority of the tomatoes came up in 4-5 days!
With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

Good luck planting!  I hope this helps you as much as it’s helped us!

Garden MUST HAVE for starting your vegetable seeds!  With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand.  This is a easy project to make instead of buying a store bought light stand - saving you hundreds of dollars!  We use this for our seeds and they grow amazing - last Summer we picked over 1,000 pounds of vegetables!

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