[George Foreman] seedling starter for kitchen herbs

Sometimes the best kitchen hacks aren’t about the best barbecue, the rarest steak, or the baconiest bacon. Sometimes you need a little color on your plate, son, so why not grow your own herbs in a [George Foreman] rotisserie greenhouse?

[Sam] first saw his barely used rotisserie as his friend was throwing it out. Like any good maker, he quickly snatched it up and began work on some modifications. After removing the fun bits like the motor, heating element, and timer, [Sam] installed two compact fluorescent light bulbs to start a few herbs off right.

Kitchen herb gardens are surprising common, so much so that entire forums are dedicated to the practice. [Sam] doesn’t have any soil in his seedling starter yet but when he does, we expect he’ll be harvesting a nice crop of basil, oregano or cilantro in the spring.

Of course, [Sam] could use his seed starter to grow more “unconventional” plants, but some of us have been kicked out of a dorm for growing a pomegranate seedling, so we’ll leave it at that.

Comments

  1. chango says:

    Good job recycling. I’m sure that this is an area that could be served by abandoned and surplus Ikea bits as well.

  2. shazzner says:

    Can I just say a preemptive: “Shut up about weed ffs”

  3. Tom says:

    “Of course, [Sam] could use his seed starter to grow more “unconventional” plants…”

    Really? The tag surely applies. Kind of goes without saying?

    In relation to the actual “hack”, he could have done this with a cardboard box… There’s no actual merit in his choice of a grilling unit; having removed nearly all of the functional components that once resided within the unit.

    Next…

  4. aztraph says:

    Shouldn’t this be a “Garden Hack?”

  5. Heph says:

    Well i could see a clever hack if he repurposed the timer as clock for switching the light on and off. And maybe some heating for more exotic herbs.

  6. Sam says:

    As a response to everyone who has commented. Thanks for doing so whether it was with good intentions or not. The only components originally housed in the case was a timing unit and heating element. Seeing as how the heating element was meant for cooking of course Im not going to leave that in, why cook my plants? And 24 hour lighting is best for most types of plants so i was planning on using the timing unit to control some form of ventilation. I liked the metal housing with big glass window allowing me to keep the plants seperate from the outside and really just had fun making something on my spare time. Thanks again and Ill be sure to share my future projects.

    -Sam

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