First time I'm going to plant tomatoes. I read up already on how to plant the seeds into pots.
My question is: can I put the pots (containing the planted seeds) inside a big (45 liter), transparent, covered plastic box (something like this), and grow the tomatoes there? (In order to kind of emulate a greenhouse?)
+---------------------------------------------------+ <---- transparent | / \ | cover \ ~~~|~~~ ~~~|~~~ /<--- transparent \ | | | | / plastic box \___|_____|____________|_____|________________/ ^ ^ |__pots with soil and seeds
I suspect the answer is no, because I already tried researching this, and didn't find it anywhere (and I'm sure someone should have already done this, if it was a good idea :)), so the follow-up question is: why is this not possible, what would be the problem if I did so?
In case it is possible, which of the following is the best course of action, and why?
- plant the seeds indoors, and wait until the plant starts to grow still indoors; when the plants start to grow, put the pots into the plastic box, and put the plastic box outside
- plant the seeds indoors, and put the pots into the plastic box indoors; when the plants start to grow, put the box outside
- plant the seeds (indoors or outdoors, I guess it does not matter?), put the pots into the plastic box, and put it outside immediately (this would be my preferred one)
Motivation for this idea: - Keep plants more safe (against wind, cold, insects, etc., also green house is good in general for plants I think?) - Less mess (any spill-over soil ends up in the box -- this is especially important if I have to plant the tomatoes indoors first)