Archive for February 24th, 2010

More seed starter greenhouses made from fast food containers

Fast Food Container greenhouses

I had a couple of plastic fast food containers with clear tops that I had been saving for use as greenhouses.  Tonight we broke out the seeds and used the wet paper towel method to start some more seeds in them.  A lot fo sources will tell you to put some holes in the lids to let out heat, but right now I’m trying them without holes.  I’m just useing these for sprouting them will transfer the sprouts to another container with dirt.  I also started some more seeds in another nesting planter tray pair.  Tonight we started Rosa Bianca Heirloom Eggplant, Sweet Dakota Rose Heirloom Watermelon, Basil, Exotic MElon Mix, Sweet Nardello Heirloom Pepper, and Waltham Butternut Squash.

Seeds are sprouting

Broccoli, and Brussel Sprouts sprouting in commecial starter greenhouse

Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts sprouting 4 days

The commercial greenhouse is really effective.  The row of Broccoli Bonanza has already sprouted and shows good growth after only 4 days.  The 2 rows of Brussel Sprouts are also really doing well.  I’m not seeing much activity from the Carnival Pepper mix, but I’m patient.

Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts Sprouting in commercial greenhouse

Nearest row Broccoli Bonanza, the 2 rows of Brussel Sprouts

I don’t know whether it’s the pellets they use, or the greenhouse effect but this greenhouse was very effective for us last year as well.  It’s probably a combination of both, and I highly recommend you get one or two of these if you are starting any seeds.   They come in a variety of sizes and prices, simple like this one, or even self watering.

Seed Starting Greenhouse made from plastic food tray with lid

Food Tray Greenhouse

We had a business lunch yesterday at work and brownies were served for desert in this disposable platic covered tray.  Gardening leads to construction in almost the same way pot smoking does (Disclaimer: I don’t smoke pot, and I have recent drug tests from applying for extra jobs to prove it), and immediately my mind saw “Greenhouse”.  So I brought it home, washed it, and decided to see if my 5 oz cups would fit.
Seed starter greenhouse for the 5 oz cups useing a food tray from work

About 13 of the 5 oz cups fit in the food tray.

About 13 of the 5 oz cups fit in the food tray.  I guess this will serve as a contrast to the commercial greenhouse pellets.  These are regular potting soil, started the same day, but only placed in this container 4 days later.  We’ll see if the greenhouse effect makes them take off.

And here is the BioFactory as of today.  Everything is coming along nicely.  We need to start a lot more seeds after pay day, though.  If everything continues to go well we should have plenty of little plants to put in the ground once the gardens are open in a month or two.

The BioFactory 02/24/2010

The BioFactory 02/24/2010

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