Talk About A Hot Bed

My husband put together a DIY seed heating tray to start some of our seedlings in our greenhouse this winter.

Here is an example of what is available online they are typically called a seedling heat mat…this one is sold by Burpee.

My husband pretty much found everything for free, although he did have to buy a plug.  You know if you look around as you are driving down the road people throw away all sorts of things you can use for projects around your homestead.

Materials for this project:

stainless steel tray

pipe heating cable (12-15ft)



potting soil/soil amendment mix

electrical outlet plug

First my husband secured the cable to the bottom of the metal tray with some heavy foil tape.  He then set the gravel on top and then filled it with soil mixture.    Next he wired the heating cable to the thermostat and mounted it to the side of the tray.  He then installed the electrical plug and made sure everything was properly grounded.

And then we have our own DIY Seedling Heat Tray!

We planted some tomato, ghost pepper, and some Texas Blue Bonnet seedlings that all came up within 2 to 3 days!

This might be a project you may want to do if you have the electrical skills on your homestead.  I know I would not have done this project myself but it was really neat to see him put it together and its going to be a lot of fun to experiment with seeds with it this winter!

Happy Planting to all those who are seed starting now!



About Lil' Suburban Homestead

We love to garden, raise chickens, cook, read and all in all run my lil' suburban homestead. We have a passion for living sustainably with the earth which can be challenging at times. We recycle, hang our clothes out on the line and raise some of our own food!
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11 Responses to Talk About A Hot Bed

  1. igneousidol says:

    that is awesome! I am jealous, I would love a greenhouse. Did you really find the stainless tray too?

  2. What a fantastic job your husband did Karen Lynn. How exciting for you. I am still working on the Hubby to make me one of those awesome pot hanger racks your Hubby made for you a while back. I’ll hold onto this idea for his next honey-do…

  3. Katherine Kelley says:

    I’ve been wanting to do this. As soon as the Handyman gets home tonight he’s going to hear about it! 🙂

  4. Sharon says:

    I am soooo putting this on my Pinterest for a future project. Thank you!

  5. michelle says:

    I am going to have to show this post to my husband. I would love to have one of these.

  6. Pingback: The Making Of Our Greenhouse | Lil' Suburban Homestead

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