Cheap Greenhouse: Grow Plants From Seed

Remember when you did crap like this in first grade? Wasn’t that fun? Yes, it was. Recapture your lost youth by growing some plants from seed on a sunny windowsill. With this greenhouse from Instructables, you can:

•Grow herbs

• Grow flowers

• Grow veggies

Once you have the seeds started you can plant your little guys outdoors or in containers, whatever. Seeds are cheap. Plants are fun! —MEGHANN MARCO

Ghetto Greenhouse [Instructables]


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  1. Herbs are dead easy to grow (and terribly expensive to buy) and you can start them in a reasonably sunny window with no problem. Or just wait until it warms up a bit and do pots on the patio.

    If you build a raised bed (use 2x4s, making one side no longer than 4 feet, the other side as long as you want, fill with dirt), you have a few more options. If you paint the sides black, it’ll heat up earlier in the spring than the rest of the yard. Or you can be super-ghetto and put saran wrap over the top of it (with a few holes for air) for a larger version of the ghetto greenhouse above.

    (Note that putting impermeable plastic over a section of ground and leaving it once it gets hot it a kick-ass way to kill everything under the plastic and sterilize all the weed seeds hiding there, so you don’t want to do that to anything you’re growing on purpose.)

    If you’re really cool you build this thing called a “cold frame” where you hunt for people’s old porch windows and prop them up on a couple of 2x4s and then put that over your bed and it’s like a shabby chic version of the ghetto greenhouse, but that seems like way too much work to me. I just wait for it to get warm enough to plant things.

  2. Smoking Pope says:

    “Remember when you did crap like this in first grade?”

    Hell, I remember doing it in college! Kind of.

  3. Seacub says:

    What kind of “herbs” can you grow in this thing?

  4. CookiesEtc says:

    Not only cheap and easy, fresh herbs taste so much better than dried.

    Even if you don’t have a yard or a lot of space, growing vegetables in a container is easy. I’ve grown tomatoes, jalapenos, habaneros, basil, chives, assorted herbs, strawberries, cucumbers, and more in containers on a deck throughout the years. You just have to make sure you get the variety that can handle growing in a container.

  5. synergy says:

    I remember doing this in 2nd AND 9th grade.

    Yes, the majority of the kids in my school were treated like retards.

  6. @seacub – Ha!

  7. willcowan says:

    another trick is to use a paper milk carton, or for little seedings, an egg carton.

    as they are biodegradable you can just pop them right into the ground if you want to plant them, and the roots will push through as they carton breaks down.