No Green House? No Problem! My Unconventional Solution That Worked Great!




Introduction: No Green House? No Problem! My Unconventional Solution That Worked Great!

About: Around here you'll find we love to: refinish old furniture, re-purpose old pieces, build it from scratch and continue bettering our home one step at a time!

(This is my first time planting seedlings so I fully expect(ed) this to be a serious learning experience! Also, you’ll notice, I’m starting very small this year with just a few different vegetable varieties!)

The "roaster pans" were inexpensive (less then $4) and came in packs of two. I decided to put my seedlings in much larger containers and that took me to the disposable cup department and, $5 later, I bought around 50 styrofoam cups. Besides that my other purchase was a bag of organic seed starting soil and a bag of basic potting soil.

Step 1: Plant Your Seeds...

I planted at least two seeds in each cup and then gave them a good misting of room temperature water. I planted three pans (fifteen cups) of cucumbers, one pan (five cups) of tomatoes and two pans (ten cups each) of asparagus, green beans and sugar snap peas. Within a week I had several seedlings up (and did a little dance) and within two weeks all of my cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans and peas were up. And then by week three my asparagus finally came up too!

Step 2: Watch Your Little Seedlings Grow...

I misted them daily to keep them moist. They are still healthy, ridiculously big already and doing great!

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    7 months ago on Step 2

    I like your layout! Next time, you might want to consider something other than styrofoam cups; I've seen claims that this stuff will NEVER biodegrade, the pieces just get smaller over centuries, but never go away. Even the Red Plastic Cups that come in every size you might want would be better, because they can be recycled when they crack or get crusty. I've also seen Instructables on how to make eco-friendlier pots from old newspaper and other "trash" - more work, but also more pride (my opinion). Thanks for sharing your great idea! Hope your harvest was fabulous.