I've been anxiously waiting all winter for the first week of spring to start our first family garden. Since we've had unusually high temps we started a little bit early this year. I wanted to do something fun to show my daughter how seeds grow and turn into food. So we learned how to make simple recycled greenhouses, which can be grown inside or out. Check out the easy 4-step process to make your own greenhouse for your spring family garden!
What You Will Need
I made our greenhouse out of a spinach container and 3 toilet paper rolls. We found local and organic seeds which are a variety of non-GMO fruits and veggies. We also used organic potting soil, but I think next year I will just use dirt mixed with compost from our own garden.
Step 1: Cut Toilet Paper Rolls
Step 2: Fill Dividers
Fill the dividers with dirt. You also want to make sure to fill the other spaces with dirt so your greenhouse will stay wet the first several weeks.
Step 3: Plant Seeds
Read the instructions from your seed packets before you plant your seeds and plant accordingly. In one of our greenhouses, I planted Sow True Sweet Corn. We only put 1 seed per divider about an inch deep. In the other greenhouse, we planted an organic Gourmet Lettuce Blend we got with a Lullaby Organics purchase. We put several seeds in each divider and will pick the weakest ones out and transplant the strong.
Step 4: Water Seeds
Saturate the dirt and seeds throughout the greenhouse. Over the next several weeks make sure you keep the seeds wet.
Step 5: Label Your Containers
Step 6: Choose a Spot for Your Greenhouse
You can choose to keep your greenhouse outside or inside under lights. But be sure to bring it inside at night if the temperature will drop below freezing. The lid will allow the seeds to stay moist and grow faster. Once your seeds have sprouted above the dividers, you can keep the lid off.
Try Yogurt Cups
Don’t have enough spinach containers? Save up your yogurt cups. I also started several seedlings in yogurt cups. If you try this method, make sure to drill holes in the bottom so they can drain properly.
Here are some other Family Gardening Tips to get your growing started this spring: