DIY – Indoor Greenhouse
I know in the last several years I have tried a few different things for starting plants indoor and I’m going to share with you what I have found that works great. To help increase the calcium content of your dirt add crushed egg shells to your dirt. Your Tomatoes will thank you. Also if you want to increase the nitrogen in your soil it isn’t too far from your kitchen, save those used coffee granules and add to your soil. Follow this guide to find out how to add to your garden.
You will need the following:
– Anything you can put dirt in
*I found that empty egg cartons work great! They retain moisture and are biodegradable.
– A clear tote *preferably one that fits under your bed
– Egg Shells that have been rinsed and dried to add extra calcium to the dirt I bought. $0.99 a bag
– Potato masher
-Seed markers “Popsicle sticks or gardening sticks”
Directions: Start with your calcium content, all those egg shells that you have been storing. Put them all into your bowl and grab your potato masher and crush all those egg shells. This activity is great for kids to do and help with and my middle child was more than happy to oblige.
Now if you have a tote that doesn’t have a clear lid like I did, place the lid on the floor .
now comes the fun part and your kids will have so much fun with this part. Place dirt in your cartons about half full. I highly recommend using something like Popsicle sticks to mark your containers for the different kinds of seeds you are planting.
Place your seeds on top of the dirt in each pod depending on how deep they need to be. I place 2 seeds in each pod just in case one doesn’t grow I have that extra back up. And if 2 do sprout I will separate them when it is time to transplant.
The seeds I like to use are Heirloom seeds, because I know that they have not been altered in anyway and I know that once my veggies are done growing I can harvest the seeds from them and plant them again, saving me money in the long run. Yes they do cost a little more than the other altered seeds but it is worth it in the end.
Now once you have planted all your seeds in your pods, water them with cool to warm water and place the bottom of the tote on top and place in a sunny warm area. And Don’t forget to water them. The egg cartons help maintain moisture which is very helpful.