Inexpensive Indoor Seed Starting Setup, Under $10

This post was originally published back in 2012 – it can be seen HERE in its original format.


Synopsis: A very simple and inexpensive indoor seed starting setup, under $10


A  Quick and Easy Indoor Seed Starter

By Wyzyrd –


This is about as easy as it gets for home food-production. :)


It’s still early, most places to think about starting next Summer’s garden, but plastic containers DO go on sale right after the holidays. Be prepared.  :)


You will need:

1)      A plastic container with a transparent or translucent top

2)      clean potting mix

3)      a small unglazed ceramic pot that fits inside your container with no (or filled) drainage hole

4)      water

5)      light

6)      diluted chlorine bleach to clean everything between crops.


If your pot has a drainage hole(s) you will need:

1)      a hot glue gun and glue stick OR

2)      non-toxic silicone caulk.

3)      Small piece of aluminum foil



Basic Supplies


The container can be any convenient size. “Shoe box” ones are easy to find, and sometimes have clear, not just translucent tops. By dumb luck, the one shown here just happens to fit into a plastic and aluminum tubing “shoe rack” I use as a plant stand. (see final photo)


Ceramic Pot:

It has to be unglazed; plain ol’ terra cotta clay with no drainage hole. If you need small ones, check your local ‘megamart’. They frequently sell small succulents (cacti, etc.), all winter,  in ideal clay pots. If you need to get a small one at a nursery, etc. and it has a standard drainage hole, sit it on top of a small piece of foil, fill the hole completely with hot glue or caulk, set it set up, seal it again, let set again, and remove the foil – you’re ready to roll. (You want the water you will put in the pot to slowly evaporate and seep slowly  through the unglazed pot, not pour out the hole and make a giant mudpie)



Drainage hole filled with hot glue


When your ceramic pot is ready, sit it in the middle of the container, fill the bottom of container with an inch or so of damp (not wet) potting mix, sprinkle on your seeds, as evenly as possible (yeah, right….) cover lightly with more potting mix, sit the whole shootin’ match somewhere warm, with good light, fill the pot with water, put on the top (not airtight, or you will definitely grow mold- just a heads-up there) and walk away.  Check water level every few days and keep it mostly full. (if you use more than 1 type of seed in a container, use plastic soda straws or something as dividing lines and label them- young folks might remember which is which – I never do..)



Next Steps


When your baby seedlings are ready to transplant, prick them out with an old plant label or a tongue depressor carved to a point, and re-pot in something bigger.  If you want to get all “chef-y”, use some scissors to give part of your crop a haircut for “micro-greens”.



Planted, filled with water, and under lights. All done.


Easy, inexpensive, and it works like a charm.


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Do you garden?

Hello all – 

Like me you have probably come across one of those “video advertisements” that try to scare the crap out of you and then sell you 4ft-farm-blueprint-smallersomething. The vast majority of times I click out of these types of ads and move on to something else. Recently I came across one of these ads on small area gardening and watched it all the way through – and for $7 bucks I figured I would check it out.

Good stuff!!

I downloaded the ebook and although only 31 pages – it cuts to the chase and provides some great information on gardening. Gardening is something I really enjoy and have suggested to readers many times to get involved in and is a must for any long term survival plans.

So – what makes this guide worth AT LEAST the $7.00 I paid for it?

  • Indoor Gardening – something I have no experience with and this guide offers up some great information on crop selection and planting guide. Easy to follow and makes sense.
  • Planting Basics – I am not talking about fluff. This section provides solid information you need to know to successfully grow your own food. 
  • Companion Planting – Another subject I have known nothing about although I have been gardening for many years.
  • Best Methods for Finding Seeds – Really good tips to find heirloom, non-GMO seeds other than heading to your local grocery store or Wally World.
  • Tips & Tricks – my favorite section by far at my current experience level. Not going to give away too any secrets but really cool stuff available on Craigslist is shown as well as how to decrease the work it takes to maintain your garden.

If interested in this guide to 4 Foot Farming… HERE. This link goes to a sales page where you do NOT have to watch a log video. If you purchase I would like to hear what you think of it. Is it worth $7.00? Remember – this is good information but f you are a master gardener you may not learn a whole lot. I have been gardening for 12 years and thought it had some very good info.

Oh – and in an effort of full disclosure – I liked the product so much became an official affiliate of the product. 


– Rourke



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