Start Your Summer Gardening Now — Indoors

If you live in a part of the country where the calendar says spring, but the weather outside says otherwise – here’s a chance to turn your thoughts, at least, to warmer times ahead.

It may be too cold or too wet to start planting a garden outdoors, but it’s the perfect time to start some seeds growing indoors.  To do that, you need a little greenhouse.  And for that, you just need these simple directions, provided by the science guys at Valero – and about a half-dozen items, all of them easy to find (and some of them, yes, made possible by the transformation of petrochemicals).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty plastic water bottles (with caps)
  • A plastic tray
  • A sheet of clear plastic or vinyl (to cover your greenhouse)
  • A small grow light (nurseries have these)
  • An electric heating mat (drugstores have these)
  • A pair of scissors or knife (you have that)
  • And the plant stuff: seeds and potting soil.
  • After you’ve put it all together, you’ll want a spray bottle and some water.

Here’s what you do:

  • Now, cut the bottles in half and poke some holes in the bottom half (save those caps, we’ll get to them).
  • Put potting soil in those bottle bottoms (and, if you’re doing this in the house, you might want to spread some out newspaper, in case you spill a bit. Hey, it happens.)
  • Put the seeds in the soil, and push ‘em down a bit.
  • Put the bottles in your plastic tray, put the tray on the heating mat, and spritz some water on the soil.
  • Now, on the caps, write down the names of what you’ve planted, and stick the caps (like a stop sign) next to those bottles.
  • Put your plastic top (that plastic or vinyl sheet) on top of the tray.
  • Stand your grow light over the tray (it’s a light on a stand) and turn it on.
  • Keep your seeds moist (not soaked), be watchful and be patient. It won’t be long before summer is growing, right inside your house.

And, if you’d rather see it rather than read it, here are the step-by-step video instructions:

Click here to read more about what’s new, what’s next and what it means for you.

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