Make a Mini-Greenhouse from a Plastic Salad Container

You can recycle a plastic salad container to make a mini-greenhouse for spring seedlings.

Salad Container Greenhouse

You can get multiple uses from a plastic salad container.

Photo by Kim Robertson

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We were in need of some dark green leafy vegetables last January, so I started buying 1-pound plastic boxes of organic baby spinach. One day, I looked at the latest box and saw a mini-greenhouse! The clear plastic salad container was perfect for seed starting, and it even had an attached, hinged lid for ventilation. All I had to do was remove the label and glue.

I filled my plastic seed-starting box about one-third of the way with soil, watered the soil until evenly moist, and planted the seeds. I closed the lid and labeled each row by writing the names of the seeds on the plastic. I placed the container in a sunny spot near my back door, and within one week, little seedlings were popping up! I checked the moisture level each day to make sure there wasn’t any mold growth, and I left the lid ajar when I needed to adjust the moisture level and temperature.

Kim Robertson
Easton, Pennsylvania