Even if you don’t have a backyard, building a mini greenhouse is a fun and affordable activity to get the kids into gardening.
It’s really easy to do, and all the materials are easily available from leftover packaging that would otherwise end up in the bin. Because of this, it’s also an activity that won’t break the bank.
What you’ll need:
- 1 x recycled strawberry or cherry tomato container
- Some newspaper
- Toilet rolls
- Organic potting mix
- Gloves for safety
- Permanent marker / label
- Seeds for planting
The materials you need to make a mini greenhouse won’t break the bank – in fact, some of these items would otherwise be thrown in the bin. Picture: Erinna Giblin
- Start by cutting the toilet rolls in half with the scissors.
- Place the cut toilet rolls into the reused plastic container.
- Fill the individual rolls with some potting mix, preferably a seed raising mix.
- Place the seeds into each of the cut toilet rolls. Then top dress and cover with some additional potting mix.
Gently place the seeds in the toilet rolls. Picture: Erinna Giblin
- Water the newly sown seeds. I recommend using radish seeds with kids, as they germinate in just three to four days. However, this activity can be done with whatever seeds you can get your hands.
Water the newly sown seeds. Picture: Erinna Giblin
- Cover the seeds with the plastic lid to help trap the moisture in.
- Set greenhouse aside in a place where it will receive light, and where you will remember to water it, such as a windowsill.
- Water regularly and look to transplant once the plant’s roots are formed at the bottom of the toilet roll.
There you go! Have fun and get growing.
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