fueled by new growth

For much of the country, spring is right around the corner. If they haven’t already, green-thumbed Americans will soon start tilling, digging and fertilizing their soil, prepping to plant (hopefully) abundant gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Many horticulturists in four-season states have already gotten a start on their garden, despite the hazards of frost, flood and hard dirt. That’s because these folks know you don’t have to wait until the ground thaws and the temperatures rise to get dirty. All you have to do is build a little greenhouse indoors.

It’s easier (and more affordable) than you think.

Using a bevy of petroleum products, we’re going to show you how to build a small but effective indoor greenhouse to start propagating plants and flowers, which you can then easily transplant once the time is right.     

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • A small grow light
  • Empty plastic water bottles (save your caps!)
  • Electric heat mat
  • Lightweight plastic tray
  • Clear plastic top or clear vinyl tarp
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Scissors or knife with rubber handle
  • Spray bottle
  • Water

Now go ahead and build it, plant some flowers, and show us how you did by using the hashtag #fueledbyvalero.     

  • fueled by the craft

    fueled by the craft

    Let’s get crafty.
  • fueled by the impossible

    fueled by the impossible

    It's lit!
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    fueled by


    A family that gets closer while exploring the open road.