Seed Starting

Our Favorite Seed Starting Supplies

Our Favorite Gardening Supplies

Starting your own seeds is one of the easiest ways to save money when growing food. You also get a lot more choice over which varieties you can grow since you aren’t limited to what’s typically found in the nursery. We started growing our own seeds our second year of gardening and have tried lots of different methods and products. Over the years we’ve found a number of great products that have helped us start our own seeds hassle free. Here are our favorites!

When we first started, we bought the cheapest plant trays we could find from a local nursery. We can usually make them last a couple of times, but inevitably we always end up cracking or breaking them.

Then we discovered these bootstrap farmer trays and we’re blown away by the difference! These trays are super heavy duty and last many, many years. We’ve since switched all of our trays over to these and it’s been great!

We buy the solid 1020 trays and place the slotted 1010 trays inside of them. This makes watering easy because we simply lift up the slotted tray and fill below. This method works great for microgreens!

You can also switch out the trays with slotted cell trays in them for separating individual plants and starting seeds.


You can make it easy on yourself and get everything together including a lid with a seed starting kit from Bootstrap Farmer!

There are also all-in-one self watering kits that make it even easier! We love having these especially when we are traveling since you only have to fill it up once a week or so!

To fill your trays, you can either buy pre-made mix in a bag or use coconut coir bricks. You simply add the brick into the bucket and add water and it expands to create a great seed starting mix. We personally prefer this method since it is a lot more cost-effective.

Some plants grow decent on a south facing windowsill, but more than likely you are going to need indoor grow lights. We have a video showing how we built our 1000+ indoor seed starting station for less than $100 by shopping on Craigslist and Facebook marketplace. However, there are great deals on these materials on Amazon if you would like to save yourself the time and hassle.

Standard shop lights like these work great for seed starting. You’ll see a lot of information out there about needing different color temperatures and what not, but that doesn’t apply to seed starting. You’ll only need to worry about that when you’re growing plants to full size indoors.

You can also buy smaller individual grow lights with stands if you’d like to start out small. We have one of these smaller setups out in our living room in addition to our larger setup.

Burpee seed starting

Starting your own seeds can seem overwhelming in the beginning, but it’s really pretty easy and well worth it once you get started. Check out our free app on iOS and Android to see customized seed starting dates for your location for over 100 plants!