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Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to Cheaply and Easily Build an Indoor Grow Light Box for Your Herbs, Flowers and Vegetables

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How to Cheaply and Easily Build an Indoor Grow-Light Box 
for Your Herbs, Flowers and Vegetables

The Rusted Garden: Grow-Light Box Build

You can start your herbs, flowers and vegetables indoors weeks before the plants are ready to go out into your garden. Growing your own transplants will save you a lot of money and it really isn't that hard to do. On key, when building your own box, is making sure the plants get enough intense light.

A do-it-yourself grow-light box is easy to make and it doesn't have to be expensive. You can get the supplies at just about any big box store. I will also link my Amazon Shop where you can find some of the supplies: The Rusted Garden Amazon Shop.  My video shows you all the steps, parts and costs to build your grow-light box.

Many people think you need to buy expensive grow-lights. There is no real difference between grow-lights and standard LED and CFL bulbs for growing transplants. You just need to know which bulbs to buy. You can pick up standard clamp lights and bulbs to make your basic box. The bulbs should be 1600 lumens or higher and they should have a Kelvin rating between 5000K and 6500K. The lumens value is light intensity and the Kelvin rating is the color of light. You want daylight. You can see in the picture they really aren't that expensive. If you were to buy them as 'grow lights' you can pay 2 and 3 times as much.

The Rusted Garden Basic Bulbs for a Grow-Light Box

Again, my video will show you all the steps. I recommend getting seed seed starting flats and cells. Make sure the storage box you buy for your build can hold a seed flat tray. After all you want to be able to easily drop your seed starts in and out of your self made grow-light box! You can find my seed collection 'Grow as I Grow' and the seed starting flats and cells at my seed shop The Rusted Garden.

The Rusted Garden: Seed Starting Collection, Flats and Cells

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