Pete’s mini hot house works so well, it would be a sin not to share how easy it is to make. It is also “dirt” cheap to create plus you are recycling (sort-of) all the while not needing to have a big garden, as this little nursery will fit perfectly on a window sill.
You will need:
- Empty 2 litre soda bottle
- Palm Peat or potting soil
- Seeds of choice
- Tray/saucer (optional) – needed if you make holes in the bottom of the bottle
Cut the bottle in half. I find it easiest to poke through the bottle with a craft knife making a slit big enough for the blade of a scissors to fit into.
Poke a few drainage holes through the bottom half if you like for additional drainage.
Place a few pebbles in the bottom for drainage.
Fill approximately three quarters with palm peat made up according to the manufacturers instructions or with potting soil.
Sprinkle your seed over the surface of the dirt and cover with a light layer of soil.
Water and squish the lid on and place in a sunny spot. Water once a week until seedlings are ready to be transplanted.
That is such a cute and awesome idea for those lacking in space 😀
And it really works like a charm too CCU. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
aaah these are awesome we used to make them as kids with the 2L coke bottles that had the black plastic base to them…we’d pull that off and plant the seeds in there…cut the neck of the bottle off and turn it upside down over the seeds…works like a charm!! fun project for kids 🙂
Hi Janine, I remember doing that with the old coke bottles too – worked like a charm because there were already holes in the bottom of the base plus it was a nice dark environment for the seeds. Aah, the good old days. Have a happy day. 🙂 xo
Hi Mandy, nice tutorial 🙂 I also use the top half of the 500ml bottles to protect seedlings planted directly in situ against weather, snails and cutworm. Laura
Hi Laura, thanks for stopping by. What a brilliant idea about the 500ml bottles, thanks for sharing that! Have a super day. 🙂
Those plastic bottles have many uses! And this is another great one! xx
I recently saw somebody cut the bottles up to make a broom – very clever. Have a great day Charlie. 🙂 xo
Mandy, could you show me the broom thingy – that sounds interesting – please. Laura
Hi Laura, I hope this link works: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=435327846480434&set=a.396219183724634.99569.215817385098149&type=1&relevant_count=1 🙂
Brilliant! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Always nice sharing ideas. Have a happy afternoon . 🙂 xo
This is great, Mandy! Anything to repurpose those plastic bottles. They’re everywhere! I need to consider using them when I start my spring planting. (Gee, that makes it sound like I’ve a farm to plant. Ha!)
Who says a farm has to be big John, you may just have a really teeny tiny little farm. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
Cool idea except I would not be able to utilize it since neither I nor my friends have access to those plastic bottles..
How is it that you don’t have access to plastic bottles Norma? 🙂
I must agree with Norma: it is a wonderful idea, but I have not has ‘one of those bottles’ in my house for years and years either 🙂 !
Hi Eha, how lucky that you don’t have any plastic bottles. Have a super weekend. 🙂
Because I do not drink soda or bottled juices.
A great idea, Mandy.
Thanks Angie. Have a super day. 🙂 xo
What a great idea, Mandy! I think I could actually do this without screwing too much up 🙂 Thanks! xoxo
You will be a pro at growing seeds in no time at all Sarah. Hope you are well. 🙂 xo
I’m all for using up those bottles – great tutorial! what seedlings are you sprouting this year?
Thanks Tanya! All I have planted so far is rhubarb. Still waiting to find out about our next move to Namibia so haven’t really started with anything. Have a lovely evening. 🙂 xo
Thank you for the perfect wintertime craft to do with my littles this weekend!
Thanks for stopping by Allison. Glad you like this idea. Enjoy creating these mini hothouses with your little ones. 🙂 xo
That is a very interesting idea. Currently I am in mourning as I have just lost one of my very dear bonsai trees. I must not have been a good mom….
Oh dear Bam, what a pity about your bonsai. My hubby has just started with bonsai growing. I hope it won’t be too long before you start with another tree – I’m sure your next seed would sprout perfectly in one of these mini hothouses. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂 xo
What a lovely project!
Thanks Kathryn. 😀 Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
I love posts like this! Please do more, with trader joes too please!
Thanks Lara. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in South Africa. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂
Great seed starting idea! I’ll ask my students to bring me bottles since we don’t use/have them at home. I’m going to try for some celery, sprouting from celery I trimmed in the kitchen. Woo-woo-celery!
I would love to hear how you get along with your celery. Have a super weekend. 🙂
The temps in St. Louis took a huge dive this week making me miss gardening so much. This super idea will be good therapy. Thank you!!
Hi Christy, so pleased you will be using this as a bit of therapy. I would love to hear what you are planting. Have a super weekend. 🙂
I love this idea for Father’s Day! My dad loves this kind of stuff.
FAB! Xxxxx Kiss for you, dear.
Excellent Kim. You could even put all of the goodies together in a gift and he can make one himself. Have a beautiful love filled week ahead friend. 🙂 xo
Soda bottles are great for this…gardeners need all the help they can get to have a head start with healthy plants grown from seed.
I love that something so simply can be so effective. Have a super week ahead Karen. 🙂 xo
Yay Pete! Cool idea
Such a clever boy he is. 🙂 xo
Thank you so much for sharing this. I LOVE IT! I’ve just had the rest of my basil “mowed” by The Moe & this would be a great way to keep curious kitty out of my plants. Now I just have to get some new seeds – I hope they start putting those out soon here.
Naughty kitty eating your herbs – wonder if he thinks its a cousin to catnip? Hope you get your seeds soon. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo
Grrrr….my basil & chives are completely gone. I think he’s just testing my patience.
Aah yes, our little fur babies know what buttons to push to get a reaction out of us! 😉 xo
such a great idea- never thought about it before. i bet my little boy would love to do something like this with me! Thanks
This really is a super task for the little ones. Hope you enjoy making one with Belle. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo