How to do a mini greenhouse with no budget?

I would like to thank Tamara of Tlala  for her wonderful post on how to start seeds indoors.
Click here to read how to start seeds in egg cartons here.
This post is a little different.I am actually very busy this year as always…
I am starting seeds indoors and outdoors in mini greenhouses for my daughter’s school garden!
I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this project.
After my Master Composter course(this spring) I will be crazy about composting.
Don’t be surprised if I send you compost cookies in the mail…

So my experiments this year are about starting seeds outdoors in my backyard on a table (not on the ground) in mini greenhouses(you don’t want squirrels or any other animal to disturb).
To start this project you will need:







  • Big water or milk jugs
  • Juice clear bottle
  • Plastic container for roasted chicken with clear lids
  • Strawberries clear plastic containers




To make holes on the bottom of jugs:

  • A big nail
  • Pliers





To make labels:

  • A big yogurt container
  • Scissors




To make a greenhouse with a jug it is really simple:cut it in half and make holes at the bottom(i use a nail heated with fire from my stove held with pliers).
Then fill it with seed starting mix(peat moss mixed with perlite is excellent):REMEMBER it has to be light so the seed can germinate…
Place your seeds in holes.
Space the seeds as instructed on the seed packet.
Make your labels by cutting big yogurt containers.
Write the date you planted it,the type of seed and the day it germinates(if you want).





Plants from colder climates germinate in the spring and need to go through a cold period.
Alternation of cold and warm temperatures encourages certain seeds to germinate.
This process is called stratification.
Some seeds like lettuce need light to germinate.
Do not hesitate to make research on the seeds that you want to start to make sure you are doing the right thing.

I am excited to try seeds this year that I never tried before like fennel(i love the flower) I hope it will come up!

I am starting from seeds this year:

  • Tomatoes Orange Banana paste organic
  • Bronze Fennel organic
  • Hyper red Rumple waved lettuce organic
  • Endurance Sunflower organic
  • Bachelor buttons organic
  • Colorado mix yarrow organic
  • Intense purple sweet William organic

Which new seeds do you want to try this year?(that you never tried before)
What seeds do you start indoors?
Did you ever try to make mini greenhouses?
What are you planting this spring in your backyard,windowsills,balcony,front yard,farm,containers?

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  3. Yes Jennifer!
    You can grow food on your windowsills,balcony,tiny apartment…anywhere you have enough sun : you need at least 8 hours of sunlight for vegetables!
    I’m glad i have inspired you to grow food!:)

  4. I love this and thank you for reminding me that it is still possible to work with a tiny apartment and no yard to produce food.

  5. Yes Erin! I’m so glad you gonna try it!
    Have fun!:)

  6. Time to raid our recycling bins! This will be perfect project to do with my little dude :)