About a week ago I put together a very homemade rig to get a few veggie seeds started indoors. I was very proud of myself, as I was able to figure out a way to use mostly materials from around the house (you can find that full post here).
Here’s how it has gone:
- A few months back, I saw some Pinterest posts on using toilet paper rolls for seed starting pots. Thought it was brilliant and I liked the idea of reusing stuff. Began collecting rolls.
- Put together the rig seen here. Materials included tp rolls, aluminum pan, cardboard supports, and plastic wrap. I was quite proud of myself.
- Within 8 hours, the cardboard supports began tipping over, due to the humidity inside the greenhouse.
- Replaced cardboard supports with dowel rods. Wrestled with plastic wrap.
- Collard greens sprouted!
- Collard greens grew really tall really fast (within days). Realized light wasn’t close enough.
- Took the whole assembly apart, cut down dowel rods, wrestled with plastic wrap once again to create cover.
- Came back that night to find collard green sprouts had completely shriveled up and died. Soil was bone dry (even though I had been watering it twice a day!).
- Took the contraption apart, replanted more collard greens, wrestled with plastic wrap once again. Nearly threw whole assembly through the window.
- Husband swooped in to prevent hole in said window. He found some glass panes and a cardboard box and made me a new greenhouse in about 5 minutes. It was a much more elegant solution.
- Woke up this morning to find all of the tp rolls were moldy. Apparently I went a little nuts watering things in the new greenhouse.
- Gave up. I broke down and went to garden store. Spent $6 on a plastic planting tray with a cover.
- Replanted collard greens again.
So I have a few tomato sprouts that are looking pretty decent, lots of red onion sprouts, and today I replanted collard greens and planted a few more tomatoes and onions.
My mom is a bit of a wizard when it comes to plants. She can make anything grow. I didn’t inherit that gene. The fact that I’ve been able to throw seeds in the ground the past couple of years and have things grow has been beyond exciting, because keeping plants alive isn’t one of my strong suits.
The experiment continues. I’ll let you know how it goes…