Watching seeds grow into plants will fill both novice and seasoned gardeners with pride, but getting tiny seedlings to sprout is not always as easy as it sounds. Despite many failed attempts, I've taken to growing my own herbs from scratch, and because I wasn't having the best luck using my own containers, I decided to give the Jiffy-7 Greenhouse ($6) a try. To see if my seeds grew into big, beautiful plants or if I wasted another six bucks, just
Not quite big and beautiful, but I'm pretty fond of my sweet basil and cilantro babies, and overall, I'm equally as impressed with the greenhouse. I followed both the directions on the back of my seeds and the directions for the Jiffy-7 and I had little green spikes in about a week for the basil and two weeks for the cilantro. Only one pellet has yet to bloom, but I'm guessing that was a matter of the seed, not the pellet. The minigreenhouse was an extremely convenient and super clean way to grow seeds indoors — it fit perfectly on my windowsill. What's more? I especially love that it's reusable, and a bag of 25 pellet refills is less than $3. The hardest part is going to be getting the guts to actually plant them outside because they are thriving in their current home!