20160213AWhy pay for commercial mini-greenhouses for your seedlings? Supermarkets are full of products sold in containers with transparent plastic tops, any of which can be recycled into a mini-greenhouse. Just think of the containers for muffins and other pastries, salads or roast chicken. They make such great seedling containers it’s almost as if they were designed precisely for that purpose!

The bottom of the container makes an excellent tray for pots of seedlings while the transparent top serves as mini greenhouse to maintain high humidity while the seeds are germinating.

21060213BAlternatively, if you pierce drainage holes in the bottom of the container, you can sow your seeds directly into it. Just fill it with moist growing mix and sow the seeds. In that case, you’ll have to place the container on top of a larger tray to catch any excess water that might drain out. And you ought to be able to recycle a tray for that too.

‘Tis the season to start collecting your seedling containers, because the main season for sowing seeds indoors is just around the corner, in March.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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