Growing a Garden from Seed with Mini Greenhouses Out of Water Jugs

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Welcome to another blog post! I find I’m always way more consistent with my blogs and social media posts in the spring/summer. And I think a large part of that is due to seasonal depression.

Once the days start to get shorter, I lose all passion and motivation. Queue “discipline is more important than motivation” messages. I get it. But when your mental health is not okay, it’s hard to find it within yourself to post something. And I’d rather post something meaningful and thought out than just ‘anything.’

But we’re here now and that’s all that matters! So let’s look at the positives and what’s new to come… like my garden!

I have so much more garden space to work with this year and I am SO EXCITED! I’ll admit, I’m going to be a little overly ambitious with my garden plans this year, but I’m just so excited and I can’t help it!

But let’s face it, growing a garden can get expensive, especially if you’re purchasing plants from the garden store as opposed to growing them yourself from seed. Plus, I personally think it’s more rewarding to plant a seed and watch it grow all the way through to harvest.

However, if you’ve been here, you know that I cannot grow anything from seed. I don’t know what it is, but I just have no luck. The only thing I’ve grown from seed successfully was green beans. So this year, I decided to give it another go and try using mini greenhouses made from 1 gallon water jugs!

If you haven’t heard of this method before, basically you add soil and seeds into an empty water jug and place it outside for some natural rain and sunlight. If you’re lucky, you’ll get seedlings! It’s a little more complicated than that, but I filmed a video sharing exactly how I created my mini greenhouses and what I planted.

So, what am I growing in my new and improved garden this year, you ask?


  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Kohlrabi


  • Lettuce blends
  • Swiss chard
  • Jamaican callaloo

Other Vegetables

  • Red bell peppers
  • Scotch bonnet peppers
  • Okra


  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary


  • Bush romano beans

Vine Crops

  • Jack-o’-lantern pumpkins
  • Giant seeded watermelon

Root Crops

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Sweet potatoes


  • Peaches and cream corn


  • Blueberries

Edible Flowers

  • Sunflowers (for seeds)
  • Borage (medicinal uses for anxiety and stress relief!)

And there you have it! My very extensive, very ambitious list of crops that I am attempting to grow this season. Let’s pray for some better weather very soon because I want to get a jump start on this garden ASAP!

I hope this blog encouraged you to try gardening this season. You don’t need tons of garden space or tens of varieties to grow. Start simple with one or two veggies or herbs and go from there.

Happy gardening, friends!

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