Shoe box (Or any sized box)

Potting soil

Aluminum foil

Poking device

Plastic wrap



Step one:

Find Shoebox (No, they were not from my Uggs, I swear. I only rock Airr Force OneZ)

Step 2:

Line the inside of the shoebox with aluminum foil. Make sure the shiny side is facing out so there is optimal sun hitting the seeds. As you are wrapping the box, make sure to use thick tape to secure the foil to the box.

Step 3:

Poke drainage holes in the bottom of the box all the way through the cardboard. No, a drill is not required, but I had to make this project a little more manly in some way.

Step 4:

Fill the box with your favorite brand of potting soil. I chose Shop Rite brand because I have been a manager there for 2 years and I have a form of Stockholm syndrome where I go there even on my days off to pick up one item such as this potting soil.

Step 5:

Moisten soil as if there was just a mild spring shower

Step 6:

Use your hands to soak the soil evenly while using your fingers to properly till the soil.

Step 7:

Place the seeds in the soil and make sure to cover them with dirt

Step 8

Cover the box in plastic wrap. You will have to use tape to secure the plastic wrap to the box since cardboard and plastic wrap don’t play well together. Not to mention the wind factor of the our spring seasons.

Step 9:

Poke holes in the plastic wrap to allow the soil and seeds to breathe

Step 10:

Let nature do its thing. Make sure to put the box on some type of tray because the base of the box will get weak. Also make sure to bring the seedlings inside at night because it may get too cold outside causing them not to germinate. You may also need to replace the plastic as you water them.

I chose to use Tulsi aka Holy Basil for this experiment because they are very hearty plants and have a myriad of medical benefits. It is held in very high regard in the Hindu religion for these reasons. For more information on the benefits of tulsi Check out or

See, now you learned two things today J

Ps- If you would like some tulsi seeds, send me a message or email. My grandfather has been growing it for years and I have plenty to spare.