Introduction: Easy and VERY CHEAP Green House/incubator
So, I bought some little Ghost Pepper seeds and was all excited!! I knew peppers were pretty easy to grow last time I tried and they were fun and useful.....unfortunately I live in Arizona.....and they love hot and humid...Hot, we've got! Humid.....not so much. So, what to do? I don't have a lot of money to go and buy a 62 seed starting kit, and I only need 2 good plants, because, lets face it! They're Ghost Pepper!!!!! so here was my solution:
-soil -fertilizer -seeds -pot (small to start with) -*mini aqua globe-sold at the dollar store! -clear plastic wrap
-sticks, tooth picks, anything that is small and will act as a support. -tape(scotch) -and water source doesn't hurt either! :)
By looking at the picture, it's pretty obvious what I did. Simply cut the sticks (four) to the desired height and place them in the corners. Add the plastic wrap and tape it down, leaving room at the bottom of one corner to slide the aqua globe in and out as it needs refilling.
Notes and Tips:
-Sticks -you may be tempted to just wrap over the whole pot and avoid the stick thing for the time being, and I suppose depending on the distance from the top of the pot to your soil, it would be ok, but in my case, the plants grew too quickly and I was having to re-build it this was very quickly.
-plastic wrap: to get the cleanest look and most effective design, I simply took a 12x12 (or so) piece and cut it. I took one long piece that was long enough to fold over the top of all four sticks and well over to the other side and taped it down on both sides (creating 2 side and the roof. Then I took another lone piece and wrapped it around and taped it down.
-Tape: The less tape you use the better it will look and work. You are using the tape to keep the wrap taught. I pretty much lined the bottom of my pot with tape to seal it, but that part is not visible in my planter.
-The Most Important Things:
*Keep as perfect of a seal on the pot as possible. If it is done correctly, then water droplets will line the roof and sides of the plastic wrap.
*I used a small pot (about 2.5"x2.5") to start my peppers in and the mini aqua globe fit perfectly, however, it was also top heavy! Luckily I have a window seal planter, but you will need to make stability arrangements, if you don't!
*And as common sense says, your plant will out grow this eventually, so be prepared to make more! I have also adapted this to other seeds and even to an outdoor strawberry garden I attempted. (I say attempted because javalina (wild pigs) came up and torn threw it and ate them all! :( very sad....but for the 2 weeks I had it, it worked beautifully!)
***I will can post more pictures of how to tape the plastic wrap to it if anyone needs!!