Growing from seed is a very entertaining hobby! It requires dedication, hard work, and most of all: love.
With tools of all budgets that can help you garden anywhere, like grow light strips and heat mats, setting aside a shelf for your indoor garden is totally doable with minimal damage.
Seed starting is not usually considered a particularly aesthetic part of the gardening hobby, it’s usually the plants you want! However in small spaces, hiding those seed starter setup can be a little tricky and they can be a bit of an eyesore, so here are some options for creating setups that will add to the decor of your home instead of taking away from it!
We'll be covering a lot of the tips from our Seed Start Methods post from a while ago, so if you’d like more detailed information on the care for the seeds in each of these methods, definitely reference that post!
water germination & sprouts
The first, and also one of the quickest germination methods is the water germination methods! All you need are a jar, your seeds, and some water. You can have fun with this one! Get jars that match your taste, and place them in a bright spot :)
Not all seeds will germinate with this method, by far the most popular option would be sprouts(like these).
For this method, just place your sprouts in a jar, cover with water, and let it sit. Each morning, strain out the old water, refill the jar, and swish around the seeds, then pour out the water and let the seeds sit until the sprouts are ready!
Not only do they taste great- they also look great added to any sunny area in your home- though we recommend your kitchen garden. An added benefit? You can watch the progress of the seeds germinating!
Glass domes are a great alternative to a typical greenhouse, they look way more aesthetic and are also very easy to use! These come in all shapes and sizes, allowing you to find a style which suit you best. Just be careful not to break them!
To use, all you need really is a dome that’ll cover your planter of choice comfortably. Once you sow your seeds, just cover the planter with the dome, make sure the seeds stay >70F and keep in bright indirect light! This works great for the beginner-intermediate and some advanced seeds.
the paper towel method
The paper towel method is one of the best, space-saving germination methods. Because they’re small and versatile, you can place them anywhere. They’re also a great germination method for trickier seed varieties, and particularly fun for you impatient seed parents, because you can peek between the towels and watch your seeds sprout and grow!
For this method, just place your seeds between two paper towels, place into a ziploc bag or into a container like a tupperware container, and put those seedlings in a warm and bright area(out of direct sunlight)! Make sure that your seedlings remain damp (add extra water when they need it) and then transplant gently into soil once they sprout.
One of my personal favorites is the mini-greenhouse! They’re very effective with germinating most seed varieties.
They come in all shapes and sizes, and for all budgets! Terrariums are a great choice and come in all kinds of designs, like this hexagonal one. Just make sure if you’re using them for seed starting that they can fully close, that way you can leave them closed until the seeds germinate and open the little door once the sprouts pop out of the soil and need some fresh air!
Glass terrariums can get pricey, so if you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, consider plastic mini greenhouses like these! With individual spots for your seedlings, it’s easy to sprout multiple varieties in one space. They also come with soil pods so you don’t even need to worry about getting soil :) Another perk: they fit easily on most windowsills!
If you have a bit more space on your windowsill, a windowsill planter might be a great option for you. You can find little terra cotta planters which perfectly sit in the nook of your windowsill. Windowsill gardens are especially great for those of you who prefer harvest gardens- herbs, veggies, and indoor blooms. They also look add that perfect rustic touch to your home #cottagevibes ;)
Crates are a great way for you to hide smaller nursery pots, greenhouses, or other ‘uglier’ sprouting containers.
They’re affordable and they make moving your seedlings easy and convenient! They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so they’re completely customizable to your taste.
Hope you enjoyed these suggestions and try them out! If you have any other setups, send them on over!
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