Starting Seedlings in Coke Bottle Greenhouses

| 4/14/2014 12:43:00 PM

April FreemanI love starting my garden plants from seeds. By ordering seeds and starting seedlings my self, I have hundreds of options. Instead of limiting myself to the 8-10 varieties of tomato plants that are offered in stores, I can grow whatever kind of tomatoes or other veggies I prefer. However, one problem with starting your own seeds is that, unless you have a greenhouse or cold frame, your seedlings can grow too tall and leggy indoors. They really need more sunlight than a windowsill can provide.

Seedlings 1

Last year, I solved this problem by using Coke bottle greenhouses. I started the seeds in Jiffy peat pellet trays on my kitchen windowsill. When the seedlings grew their first pair of real leaves, I transplanted them to a Coke bottle greenhouse.

Here’s how you make a Coke bottle greenhouse.

You’ll need empty two liter Coke bottles (one for each plant), a sharp knife (a utility knife works great), and potting soil.

Seedlings 2

3/6/2015 1:41:04 PM

Hi, April. Like your idea re: using coke bottles for mini green houses. I do the same, except I have a portable green house on wheels. I cut the coke bottles in half, plant my seeds, after drilling a couple of small holes in the bottom of bottle. Then seeds go into green house which gets rolled out into the sun when weather is not too cold. On cold nights, which we have had a bunch of this year, the green house gets rolled into my shop for the night. Last year, I started all my plants inmy shop under grow lights. That also worked great and gave them a good head start when weather warm enough to transplant.

2/9/2015 9:33:40 PM

It would be nice to know where in Middle Tennessee you are speaking of as I and my wife also live in Middle Tennessee and it would or could be advantageous/educational for us to be educated by fellow Tennesseans.

2/9/2015 6:40:24 PM

Excellent! I have been saving soda bottle for some reason and I just found out the reason! I also live in TN. Thanks so much!

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