Wood Garden Flats

Wood Flat

This old flat dates back to about 1990.  I started making my own flats from some cheap fence wood I had acquired.  I’m not sure where I got the design, probably a garden magazine or garden book, but it has proven to be long-lasting and very useful.  The flats are built using  3″ x 12″ x 5/8″ wood for the ends and 3″ x 18″ x 5/8″ wood for the sides.  Thus they are 3 inches deep.  The construction is very rough, especially the older ones, which were cut with a hand saw.  Now I use a table saw and the newer flats are definitely squarer.

Flat Lined with Newspaper

I line the flats with newspaper. They can be filled with soil, or filled with seed starting cups or pots.

Flat Filled With Potting Soil

When I fill the flat with soil, I use a block of wood to level out the soil and tamp it down.

28 Seed Cups in Flat

The flats hold 28 small 5 ounce drink cups exactly.  I start most of my seeds in these small cups.

Stackable Flats

The flats are stackable and strong.  Unlike many plastic seed starting trays, they are ridged and less likely to be upset when moving them around.  I now have about 30 of these flats in my collection.  They are easily repairable.  Wood flats are an important part of my gardening routine.

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3 Responses to “Wood Garden Flats”

  1. Noel did you ever try straw bail garding, the flats look good, good idea. Bob Bergschultz.

  2. Noel says:

    Hi Bob. I think I may try a couple straw bale plantings this year. Just to check it out. The flats have proven to be great.

  3. Rana says:

    Great informative article…. Trying to spend as little $ as possible and used plastics beak up
    This is what small-timer used in the eighties when I first started reading about gardening in books. Thanks for the dimensions amd details…off to scavenge wood!