Although it may not feel like it here in the Northeast, Spring is here. The ground isn't ready for planting in this neck of the woods but you can get a head start on planting seeds. I love to plant herbs in small containers, such as window boxes, in the summer. Here is a way to get started on your herb garden indoors!
Have you ever seen those seed starter kits in your home improvement stores? The ones that have a cover? Well, this is what you are going to create with soda bottles. You can use the 2 liter size or the small bottles or a mixture of both. The 2 liter bottles you could probably fit 2 starter plants.
- Soda bottles
- Seeds - Here is a list of the easiest herbs to grow from seed:
- lemon balm
- Starter soil mix
- Spray bottle
- Begin by cutting the bottles in half. With a sharp knife, poke very small holes into the bottom of each soda bottle to allow for drainage.
- Begin filling bottles with soil, fill about 3/4 of the way. Plant your seeds according to package instructions and lightly water so the soil is moist.
- Tape the top of the soda bottle onto the bottom by placing a piece of tape horizontally on each side of the bottle. This will allow you to lift one piece of tape and fold back the bottle (like a hinge) so you can water the plant. This "cover" will act as a little sauna for your seeds keeping them warm and moist. Keep your plants in an area where there is lots of sun and water daily with a spray bottle.
- When plants grow to about 2 inches tall they are ready to transplant! Bring your plants outdoors and plant in your garden or in containers.