Mini Greenhouses for Seed Starting

I am starting some seeds for my mother’s garden. I decided to use mini greenhouses made from clear plastic bins.

I started with making pots from newspaper and small drinking glasses.

I cut the newspaper pages in half, then half again, and wrapped each piece around the base of a glass while tucking the ends under.

Since the pots are not super sturdy they need to be packed in close to each other. I used the bottoms of 1-gallon water bottles from Costco that I was keeping but didn’t know why.

Bottom of 1-gallon water bottles

I placed 4 pots in each container. I also used the container from my Trader Joe’s mini chocolate peanut butter cups, a strawberry container, and 1 large 2.5-gallon water container. I tucked a few pots in the empty spaces inbetween the containers.
I filled the pots with Jiffy Seed Starting mix.

Jiffy Seed Starting Mix.

I dumped the entire bag into an unused large container and mixed with warm water until it was saturated. I placed this mixture into each cup.


Pots full of Jiffy Seed Starting mix and seeds.

Pot holders made from a 2.5-gallon water container cut in half.

My 2 new mini greenhouses.

My greenhouses.

I will put these containers outside everyday and bring them back inside while the nights are still chilly. Right now the nights are in the upper 30’s to low 40’s and the days are in the high 60’s to high 70’s.  This week’s forecast for Riveside Califoria:

The forecast for Feb 19-25 for Riveside, CA

On Feb19th I planted:

  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Italian Parsley
  • Sweet Basil
  • Butternut Squash
  • Yellow Crookneck Squash
  • Dark Star Zucchini
  • Sierra Gold Cantaloupe
  • Jack O’Lantern Pumpkins
  • Catskill Brussels Sprouts
  • Brandywine Tomatoes
  • Early Roma Tomatoes
  • Fox Cherry Tomatoes
  • Yellow Pear Tomatoes

I will post updates.

Germination Table
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3 days after planting

4 days

Brussel sprouts, Cantaloupe, Yellow Squash & Basil
click on the photo to see a larger image so that you can seed the cute little seedlings 🙂

I started to notice that some of the small plants had massive amounts of roots that were growing out of the newspaper cups. I decided to put the newspaper cups into small peat pots and supplement with potting soil. I moved the newspaper cups to the peat pots yesterday 03/02/2012. They are looking really nice today.

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