Re: [gardeners] Seed Starting Box (
Mon, 04 Jan 1999 10:36:38 -0500

Around here the Mennonite farmers use bottom heat -- a layer of manure.  It
need not touch the planting soil.  It heats up pretty effectively and
accomplishes early sprouting from a different angle.  Lucinda, Canada 

At 07:43 PM 03-01-99 PST, you wrote:
>I want to build something to get bottom heat to start seedlings but am 
>too frugal to purchase a heat pad.  I remember long ago reading about 
>building a box heated with regular incandescant light bulbs, but could 
>find nothing during a trip to the library today.  I think I have all the 
>necessary parts hanging around:  pine, old porcelain light bulb sockets, 
>rigid insulation, plexiglass, etc.  However, I dont remember the 
>specifics.  I am thinking of making something large enough to hold two 
>ten-twenty trays (@ 400 square inches).  
>Has anyone built one of these?  If so, do you have any tips?  E.g., how 
>many bulbs would one use and what size?  Is 7 1/2 inches deep enough 
>(that is the widest pine I have, though I suppose I could glue up some 
>if I had to).  
>Bill McKay in E. Mass
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