Tiny Adventures: Starting Seeds Indoors

Just a quick post here. I decided to attempt starting some seeds indoors this year for some of my garden veggies. Usually I buy seedlings from the local garden store in May, but I chose a few plants to start myself this year. The lucky winners are: collard greens, tomatoes, and onions!

I’ve added to the challenge by constructing a little greenhouse out of materials I already had at home, instead of going out and buying stuff.  Since I really have no idea what I’m doing and I’m experimenting as I go, it feels quite adventurous and fun. Therefore, I am counting this as a tiny adventure.

Here’s what I have so far:


  • I had some grow light bulbs in the basement already.
  • Toilet paper rolls for planting (and also found some leftover containers in the garage from previous years’ seedlings).
  • Aluminum pans for the containers.
  • Cardboard from a bike helmet box for the supports.
  • Plastic wrap for the dome.
  • Seed starter mix from the friendly neighborhood garden store.

    Toilet paper rolls. I have sprouts already!!!








I’ve only been gardening for a few years (this will be my third), but I get ridiculously excited every time the weather turns warm in the spring. That is how I’m feeling now (a month and a half earlier than normal… crazy weather!).

Do you grow stuff? Any tips for a newbie gardener?


Update: the cardboard supports succumbed to the humidity and started leaning over within a day. I’ve since replaced them with dowel rods, which are working much better! Another suggestion was made to try using plastic bottles for supports.


Update #2: Ran into a few problems with the set-up and the seedlings. Read about it here.


5 thoughts on “Tiny Adventures: Starting Seeds Indoors

  1. Marianna!

    Hey Liz! Do you need any everbearing raspberries or thornless blackberry shoots? We definitely need to talk gardening- I LOVE it!!! Especially the stuff you can eat. Nom. Arugula. Double nom!

    1. Elizabeth Post author

      Ooooh, maybe! We’ve been looking for something for the corner of the yard.
      Yes, we should definitely talk gardening. I’m figuring it out as I go, but it’s so much fun. And so tasty!!!

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