Introduction: Indoors Planting/ Starting.

(incomplete pleas wait for latest 6/09 before complaining it is so)
a lot of us grow plants indoors and out. well this instuctable is documenting my new (low to no cost) indoor plant starter. (for the moment I'm just planting some indoor plants in February to March I'll cover starting outdoor plants.)

what you need
a tub or the like to catch and hold water (a good reservoir is important for people who may forget to water on accession.)
pots (I'll be using clay for indoors and peat or recycled plastic pots for ones I intend to transplant.)
potting mix (for in I have Chia growing sponge I picked up in a discount bin, for out a combination of peat moss and compost.)
and finally seeds.

tools you may need.
trowel
watering can/spray bottle.
possibly a drill and or screw gun.

what will make it easy.
light(s) (sun isn't as reliable as it could be.)
timer (for light(s))
soda bottle (for watering)

Step 1: Cost

seeds $0.05-$0.25/pack buy in the fall most seeds can survive many years so 80-90% savings balances out a 5-15% decrease in fertility.
tub 0.00 its easy to find suitable things being thrown away.
light $6.95 (a real deal considering it comes with a bulb.)
timer $3.75-$5.99 after Christmas sails (just get the grounded if you need one)
pots (peat) $1.00 for 48 end of season sales.
Chia set (I bought mine for $5.00 with one broken pot)
you can easily squeak in under $20.00 for a setup like mine.

Step 2: Watering

watering can be such a chore. so don't do it. a simple bottle filled with water will drain when the water level is low. meaning you may only have to add water to it 2-3 times a month instead of a week.
note have something thin under one side of the bottle so when the water is getting low it starts to drain.
I'm using a little piece of Styrofoam (added after picture taken)

Step 3: Sprouts.

always add too many seeds. that way you increase the chances of some germinating. but remember to thin them out. I'm usually bad on this part and allow them to get crowded, grass won't mind but the lettuce (doesn't look like the basil going to have this problem) might get over crowded. then again with lettuce the baby plants are just as edible as the adults so I'll let them grow a bit more.

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admin (author)2009-01-08

This project looks awesome but there isn't enough documentation of you actually making it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you happen to have images of you making your project you can create some more steps, add those additional photos into your Instructable and then republish your Instructable. 2) If you don't have any more pictures of you working on your project, that's ok too. That just means that your project is better suited to be submitted as a slideshow. Your images are already in your library, and you can use the same text that you have already written for your Instructable so it should only take a few minutes to create your slideshow and show the world what you made! Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.

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Tonyisme (author)2010-09-08

good ible' but as stephenniall says more info is required-especially on the pic's, maybe its just me but I couldn't really work out what some of them were(2,3,5,10)

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stephenniall (author)2009-05-14

hmm i donmt get this But try adding a luil more info

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