April 12, 2011

Creative Containers

  If you want to get a head start on your garden without the preparation I have mentioned in earlier posts, I have a solution for you! These are so great for getting a head start on your garden. I became addicted, after realizing how easy these are. It took me about 2 minutes and I was able to recycle our plastic bottles.

The best part about these little buggers is that they are self watering, and maintain a humid atmosphere for the seeds.
How to make your own:
1. Find a plastic bottle (2 liter is what I use, but you can use any plastic bottle). Peel off the label on your bottle. I'm not picky about getting all the glue off of my bottle, but I've heard Goo Gone, or nail polish remover will do the trick.

2. Sterilize the bottle with a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water), swirl the mixture around, and make sure to rinse well afterwards. I have heard of people using hot water, but I don't believe you can get the water hot enough to kill bacteria without melting the plastic. Hot water and plastic also release hazardous BPA's which are not good for us, or our little plants!

3. Cut your bottle about 1/3 from the Neck side. Then trim an additional 2 inches or so from the base side. Your goal is the have the neck of the bottle almost touch the bottom inside the base. The left picture is what you want. The right picture is what it looks like if you do not trim the additional 2 inches

4. Poke several holes in the bottle near the neck to help water seep into your dirt

5. Place a strip of paper towel covering the hole near the neck of the bottle to keep dirt from escaping.

6. Fill your base with water about 2 inches from the top. And your top with seed starter.

7. Plant your seeds (anything you want, lettuce, tomatoes, peas to name a few), spray the top of the dirt to get the ball rolling, and place in a sunny south (or west) facing window.

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  1. Hi Whitnie, have you tried it yet? My little sprouts are coming through, and I haven't had to water them or anything!

  2. Should they be covered in plastic wrap until they sprout?

  3. Going to do this tomorrow, washed the bottles out and I'm ready....


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