Monday, June 29, 2009

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse for Seedlings

A friend of mine surprised me with four little tomato seedlings the other day. I already have three tomato plants in my square foot garden and trust me that is a lot for this city girl! But I thought I'd give these little guys a shot. Problem is we kept them on the back of our kitchen sink for about a week, and I figured the occasional spray of water they were getting due to my haphazard dish-washing techniques was probably good for them. But I guess it was too much for one little guy.

So down to three seedlings I finally ventured out to the garden to put them in and try out this water bottle mini-greenhouse idea I had read about. Problem is I got around to picking strawberries first (yup, 2 more quarts!) and accidentally stepped on two of my seedlings!!! Note to self: Do NOT put the fragile teeny plants on the ground where you are walking! Whoops!

So I finally put them all in and assembled my little water bottle greenhouses around them. Around the biggest seeding I used a larger 2-liter bottle. But around the tiny ones I just put the regular 20 oz water bottles. The technique couldn't be simpler - you just cut off the bottom of the bottles and press the open bottom of the bottle into the ground until it's firmly in there. I had to plunk these guys in between the strawberry bed & the square foot gardens. Here's what they looked like:

Anyone ever tried anything like this? I'm hoping it'll help these little guys get a bit caught up since it's already almost July and they're just getting started! Once they get going more, I have some tomato trays that will go around them to hopefully help them continue quick growth. Keep your fingers crossed!

Oh, and just to inspire you, check out this water bottle greenhouse and the DIY instructions to build one of your own!


  1. Hello, City Girl!!! Thanks for leaving a comment on my site, it led me here to you! I've used plastic bottles quite a lot over the years, but mostly during the Spring. We have lots of bunnies in our NE Mpls backyard and the plastic bottles are great for keeping tender leaves from their hungry mouths! In addition to the 2 litre bottles, I've used the big gallon juice containers which work great with emerging perennials. I'm never all that diligent with growing from seeds, and fortunately this year was better than others, but I'll definitely keep your tip in mind for next year!!

    Lots of love,

  2. wow!!! that is super inspiring!

  3. HI,

    I'm going to make one of these I think