Popular seed starting light stand workshop back for 2018

Participants will build their own rig to take home

Zucchini seedlings.
Zucchini seedlings.

One of the most common mistakes home gardeners make when starting seeds indoors is improper light. The secret to successfully starting garden plants indoors is to provide them with the right light, which will ensure the sturdy, healthy seedlings.

The Kendall County Master Gardeners will host their popular hands-on workshop to build your own adjustable light stand out of PVC and a florescent light. In addition, the Master Gardeners will share other tips on starting seeds and caring for seedlings.

“Starting seeds indoors is a creative way to head off cabin fever and it helps you get a significant jump start on your spring garden,” said Sarah Fellerer, Master Gardener program coordinator with University of Illinois Extension. “Attendees will learn valuable information, as well as build and take home a light stand large enough to light one flat of seedlings.”

The workshop costs $35 per person, and will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the University of Illinois Extension office, just one mile south of Routes 47 and 71 at 7775B Illinois Route 47, Yorkville. Registration is open now and space is limited. Visit go.illinois.edu/extensiondkk and look for the “register online” section at the right. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, call the office at 630-553-5823 at least two weeks prior to the event.

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