Monday, March 25, 2013

How to Start Your Herb Garden with Soda Bottles!

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. 

You'll Need:
  • Soda bottles
  • Seeds - Here is a list of the easiest herbs to grow from seed:
    • parsley
    • cilantro
    • basil
    • chives
    • dill 
    • oregano
    • borage
    • lemon balm
  • Starter soil mix
  • Spray bottle
  • Tape
  1. 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.  
  2. 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.  
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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