Week 4

DIY Indoor Organic Greenhouse

Just because the seasons are changing, doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own veggies and eat them too! If you have a windowsill, you can make your own indoor greenhouse. Save money and eat organic vegetables that you have grown in the comfort of your own home.

We have created our own Greenmoxie.com indoor nursery utilizing recycled items. The cost of the setup was $15 and it costs just $3 a month to run. You can factor in about $1 per light for monthly costs. If you already have light fixtures and window boxes, the setup costs will be much lower!

Here’s how to make y our very own environmentally-friendly indoor green house.

Green house Equipment

• 3 x 23W Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
• 3 Recycled light hoods
• 2 window boxes
• Triple mix and soil
• Seeds
• Hooks
• String

Method

We simply wired the hoods together and popped in the light bulbs. We turned the hooks into the wall and hung the hoods with string so that we can adjust the height of the lights as the plants grow. The three lights run for ten hours a day. You can substitute foil for the light hoods if you can’t find recycled ones.

Upcycle any used light fitting that can take a 23 Watt CFL. You can use this to grow sprouts and greens right in your kitchen. This gives you a cheap supply of organic vegetables, improves indoor air quality and adds pizzazz to your green home decor.

Of course, if you don’t have the experience necessary to build your own greenhouse it
may be worth it to consult in a professional like Orlando Group Roofing.

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8 thoughts on “DIY Indoor Organic Greenhouse

    1. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

      Thanks Lonna – that small IKEA shelf with window boxes and a few lights provided us with greens and herbs all winter long! This year, we’ve upped our game somewhat and built the winter indoor greenhouse around our fish tank to create an aqauponics system. Its producing even more greens even faster! We’ll be posting on that this week – so come back to visit. Have a great day!

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  1. Debie Su Baugher

    I like this setup a lot. We have a grow room with a similiar look, but for an additional $8 I bought a package of mylar emergency blankets, tacked them to the walls and really increased my light output. If you don’t want them on your walls you can also make a small frame on one side away from the window with old wood cut into slats and just tape it onto that to build a good reflector wall (or just drape it)

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