30 Minute Seedbed




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In this instructable i'll tell you how to make a simple,easy to make, eco-compatible, rustic, free, made of recycled materials seedbed.

The green elements are: The fruit box and the plastic bag, because they are recycled

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Material needed:
-Fruit box
-Plastic bag(bigger the better)
-Hydroscopic crystals*

Tools needed:


I decided to plant pepperoni

Step 2: Prepare the Seedbed

Take the plastic bag and attach it to the fruit box with the stapler, like in figure.

I used three plastis bags, but I counsel to use only one bag, because the water go out of the seedbed when filled,if you use more of one bag.

You can cut the superfluos parts or not.

I know, it don't really look good, but it works, specially if you use a strong plastic bag.

Step 3: Fill the Seedbed

If you want to do a good job, you have to fill the seedbed with three layers:

1) hydroscopic cristals
(see the pictures)

The seedbed also works if you use only terrain, the most important thing is the attention that you give at the plants.

Step 4: Seed!

Select a type of plant ( i used pepperoni ), make some holes in the terrain and put the seeds inside.
good luck!

I have also made a irrigator: i've made some holes in a pringles tube to don't damage the plants when water.



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    8 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 4

    I really wish you (or anyone) could plant pepperonies!! But we got the idea by looking at your peppers. I think is a pretty good one. Will start one for my green tomatillos.!!! Thanks! With regards of the "hydroscopic crystals", I believe they are called "CLAY BALLS" over here and they serve that purpose exactly: keep water within. Good job, Bruko. Molto Grazie!

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 4

    i'm sure it will work: last year with the same method i planted little tomatoes and it worked! i ecommend to use only one BIG plastic bag.


    Potting soil usually comes in a bag. Poke some holes in the bottom of the bag for drainage. Put that side down into the box. Cut a slit, x or what ever you want in the top of the bag. Add seeds or starter plants, fertilizer, sun shine and water. You may not need the box unless you want to move it. This might be too hot in hotter climates.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    "hydroscopic cristals" Hygroscopic crystals? But those aren't - can't name them myself but what purpose do they serve? L

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know the real name of that things, in italian they're called: 'cristali idroscopici'. They help the terrain to keep the water, because they are porous They aren't indispensable


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Porous ceramic things? I guess they don't go mushy or compacted, would allow drainage, without drying out? L