Make a Gallon Bottle Greenhouse

February 12, 2010, Posted by Carmen Lopez Marshall at 7:24 pm | No Comments

Make a Gallon Bottle Greenhouse

If you are looking to encourage seedling growth, making a mini greenhouse from a recycled gallon bottle is a quick and easy solution. Doing this, not only you are “thinking green”, but you are saving money. 

You’ll need:

1 empty gallon bottle

sharp knife

scissors

potting soil

seeds (tomatoes, peppers, herbs, flowers, etc.)

a plate to hold the “greenhouse”

Soak the bottle in warm soapy water to loosen the label. Remove the bottle from the water and peel off the paper label so they do not block sunlight. Rinse and dry the bottle.
Using the knife or scissors, cut the bottle in half so that the bottom piece is deep enough to hold soil and plants. Poke a few holes into the bottom of the container for drainage.

Fill the container with soil and plant seeds. Water lightly.

Put the top half of the bottle back on, tucking inside the edges of the container and place a waterproof plate under.

Set your “greenhouse” in a sunny window. The lid retains moisture and heat, so your seeds should sprout quickly. As the plants heat up, moisture will collect on the inside the “greenhouse” and return to the plant when temperatures drop. Because the plastic is clear, you’ll be able to see the roots beneath the surface of the soil. If the greenhouse gets too steamy, you can remove the lid once in a while.  Removing the cap from the bottle prevents the plants from over heating and allows for the exchange of fresh air.  When your seedlings get big enough, transplant to the garden, and plant a new crop!

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