Starting The Garden Early With My Indoor Greenhouse

by Tammy Taylor

I like to use heirloom seeds for my veggie garden.  But I still want to have green seedling plants to actually place in the soil in the spring.  What’s an enterprising gal to do?  I bring out my “indoor greenhouse kit”.  This kit is contains everything I need to get a jump start on the growing season.  I already have my heirloom seeds stored safely in the fridge.  And within this clear tote are starter pots (courtesy of the plastic yogurt cups my dad saved for me), interim-sized pots, plant markers and some Miracle-Grow seed starting potting mix.  And of course the tote itself is magically transformed into my indoor greenhouse.  The entire greenhouse-in-a-box comes down from the attic, how convenient that it’s self containing!

Planting Supplies For Indoor Greenhouse

I simply pop open the top of the tote and bring out my greenhouse supplies: seed-starting mix, my heirloom seeds and my yogurt cups from prior years.  The yogurt cups have holes punched in them for proper drainage.

It's Easy To Start Your Veggie Garden Early - Check Out What I Use For An Indoor Greenhouse! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I’ll pot up my veggie seeds in these cups.  It’s easy to add a label for the planted seeds using prior year landscaping plant labels and duct tape.  Then I just give a little my newly-planted seeds a sprinkle of water.  I place the pots inside the clear tote, sealing the lid.  I then place the tote close to a sunny south-facing window and wait.  The lidded tote will give a nice, moist atmosphere for my seedlings to grow.

It's Easy To Start Your Veggie Garden Early - Check Out What I Use For An Indoor Greenhouse! #TaylorMadeHomestead

In only a few days in this moist and humid greenhouse environment my seeds will sprout.  They will be ready to transplant into the garden when the danger of the last frost has passed.  I’ve already been preparing the compost for weeks in my compost tumblerThe final-stage compost has been separated into large tubs to finish its activity.  It will be ready to add directly into the planting holes this spring.  So my newly-planted little sproutlings will get a healthy start!

It's Easy To Start Your Veggie Garden Early - Check Out What I Use For An Indoor Greenhouse! #TaylorMadeHomestead

What a handy way to start your spring garden by reusing your supplies every year.  When the transplants finally go to the garden I simply wipe out my pots and place all supplies back into the tote.  Then up into the attic it goes until it’s needed next year.  Inexpensive and environmentally friendly.  Now come on spring!

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59 thoughts on “Starting The Garden Early With My Indoor Greenhouse

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    I love the idea of having a tote that can store all of the items, but also doubles as the green house! I’ll have to search out something similar for my place. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Everything’s currently in there just sprouting away now Katy. Can’t wait to get ’em into the garden. ~TMH~

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  8. elaine

    It’s that time of year!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more!! Pinned!!

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  9. Terri Presser

    You are amazing, what else don’t you do. This is such a great idea and I am going to try it once spring is on its way again. Thank you for sharing your fabulous ideas at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  10. Gwen

    Clicking over to you from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth 🙂 Really like this idea and am going to try it in the next couple of weeks here in Scotland (forecast for snow tomorrow…). Thanks for the great idea!

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  11. Mindie

    I so have the itch to start seeds but I always jump the gun and with our weather being even more odd this year, I have to hold myself in check for a few more weeks. The agony! LOL Thank you for being part of the (mis)Adventures Monday Blog Hop!

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  12. Margy

    The tote is a great idea. I could put it up in the shed and not worry about the mice making a mess of my gardening supplies. I do find that plants in my garden do better being seeded directly in the soil though. – Margy

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve had some issues Margy with properly hardening the seedlings off before planting them in the garden. I’m hoping to get a better running start this year. ~TMR~

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  14. Susan

    We’ve never planted a garden because as a military family, we never know when we’ll be moving next. I hope some day to be able to learn all about growing a garden. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

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  15. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

    Give it a try Laura. I have my indoor greenhouse all planted up & sitting in a south-facing window now. (not that there’s been any SUN on it for the past week… sigh) Can’t wait for spring! ~TMR~

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  16. Laura Sue Shaw

    Oohh what a great idea! I think I might have to try this.. I really want to start a garden this year and it’d be nice to have the seeds started before I can actually plant outside.. which is May around here. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Quirky Homemaker

    That’s a great idea! I love that it’s self-contained. I saved all of my salad containers to use as little miniature seed starting greenhouses, but I don’t really garden! With all the subzero temps lately, it’s hard to believe that gardening time is ever going to come. Good Luck with your seedlings!!!! And have a great week.

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  18. Deanna Furrey

    Do you use more than one bucket? It doesn’t look like there are enough plants there to fill the garden pictured in your garden planning post. This would be a good idea for me as I ruined a table one year too. 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I only use the one “indoor greenhouse” but not everything that goes in the garden is started in there (onions, garlic, asparagus, green beans, carrots, etc) The indoor greenhouse is just so that I will be able to plant seedlings in the garden for peppers, tomatoes, squash, cantaloupe, etc. So far it’s worked great. ~TMR~

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  21. Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com

    Neat idea to use a plastic bin for greenhouse. I was just contemplating doing this for our seedlings this year. Bonus of it keeping the cats out of the plants 🙂

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  22. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    Wow! You are so organized! I need to try this next year. I was so happy to finally get back into starting seeds this year. Some are up already.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL Barb, I don’t think I’ve ever been accused of being organized before. It does feel really good to finally get those seeds planted. And with the brutal winter we’ve had my dreams are full of spring these days… ~TMR~

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  23. Jennifer Johnson

    Brilliant!! I am so ready to get seeds going and it will not stop snowing around here! i usually start some seeds inside. Last year we used empty k cups for our seed starters.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I know Jennifer, it seems Ole Man Winter just won’t GO HOME! But no worries, spring will show her beautiful face soon. ~TMR~

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  27. Janet Garman

    Hi and thanks for sharing this post on Simple Saturdays blog hop. Your post was chosen as our featured post this week. I am inspired to try this myself as I am getting ready to start my seeds soon. Hope you will be back to join us again this week on Simple Saturdays Janet Timber Creek Farm

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Ha Christine! I simply cannot wait until warmer weather to get my hands in the soil so this pacifies me until spring when I can plant outside. I do love that my indoor greenhouse is all self contained. ~TMR~

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  28. Becky Marie

    Great idea! I need to start my seeds soon. Mine are all saved from late year, so I hope I can get a few of them to germinate. I’m really enjoying your blog. Thanks for linking up with the Mom Tested Family Approved Ultimate Garden List! http://www.forthisseason.com/2013/03/26/mom-tested-family-approved-ultimate-garden-linkup/

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’m sure you seeds will be fine Becky. I recently starting planting all heirloom seeds to make seed-saving a little easier. We’ll see how it goes. ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Organization doesn’t come naturally for me Jenny, so I love that this method is almost self-organized. LOL ~TMR~

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  30. Hannah

    Getting ready to start some seeds asap! Thanks for the push lol Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope you stop by again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/03/nifty-thrifting-at-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It doesn’t take long for those seeds to sprout Hannah. Since posting this my seeds are already grown enough for me to move them to larger pots from my starter yogurt-cup pots. Can’t wait to get out in the garden! ~TMR~

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  31. Kristi @Let This Mind Be in You

    I love your seed starting box! What an awesome idea to have everything just all right there when you are ready to start. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Farm Girl Blog Fest–always a was a pleasure to find your posts in the list! ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I know Kristi – how’s that for convenience?? Then up in the attic it goes until next year. Easy-Peasy! ~TMR~

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  32. angi@schneiderpeeps

    What a great “greenhouse”. We had some of our tomato starts get beat up in the 40mph wind we had last week. I think I’ll get some tubs and restart some. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I love hearing about how others are getting ready for spring.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Give it a try Angi, you won’t be sorry. If nothing else, if it doesn’t work out for you there’ll still be a storage tub you can use for other purposes. 🙂 ~TMR~

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  33. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

    Karen – We got the tumbler at Sam’s a couple of years ago. The stir-by-hand method works great but I wasn’t very good at actually doing it so the tumbler helps me a lot. LOVE the Ole Saturday Homestead Trading Post! Thanks for stopping by! ~TMR~

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  34. KarenLynn@Lil' SuburbanHomestead

    What a nice organized planting kit I only wish I was as organized as you and oh my goodness your compost tumbler has made me green with envy ha ha LOL! No it’s very nice we do the old fashioned traditional stir by hand way but it works…….Where did you get it by the way? Thank you so much for linking this post up to “The Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post” blog hop this week!

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  35. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

    Thanks for stopping by Abbi. I really enjoy this method of starting seeds too. Especially since I don’t have to be as diligent with watering, the closed container keeps a moist greenhouse environment and the seeds really seem to take off. And like you mentioned, the all-in-one containment makes it easy to just put it all away until next year. 🙂 ~TMR~

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  36. Abbi

    I grow my own starter plants too and I really like this orderly idea! How nice to have everything together and to have a place that can get wet in which to keep them. I usually put them on a table but have basically ruined one table because it was so hard not to get the tabletop wet. I start quite a few more seeds so I am afraid I would need about 3 totes but this idea certainly has merit, I am going to be thinking about how I might be able to do something similar using things I already have on hand. Thanks for sharing this idea!

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