Earth Day is on April 22nd and it’s our 2nd time participating in the annual Earth Month Blog Hop. Last year we joined in on the recycling portion (no surprise there, right?) of the Natural Parenting Event with our post on How to Re-Use Absolutely Anything to Grow Plants In, and since this year is all about finding fun new uses for the materials and recyclables you have on hand we will have lots to contribute! Take the challenge with us!
I am sure it comes as no shock to you that we are prepared and excited to meet this challenge. I am doubly sure you are not surprised we are meeting this challenge with something we will use to grow plants in. We just can’t help it, it is our way.
Give those plastic jugs and bottles at least one last hoorah before sending them on their way to the recycling facilities.
Build a Juice Jug Greenhouse
- plastic bottles and jugs
- small shovel or scoop ( I used a recycled applesauce container – brownie points!)
- lids for the jugs, or something to cover the top for the – you’ll be removing it later
- Rinse the jugs well, and remove the labels
- Cut the jugs in half, horizontally, as shown in the picture above
- Add potting soil to the bottom portion of the jug, and wet it until it is moist, but not soggy. Fill to approximately 2 inches from the top of the bottom half.
- Place your seeds on the soil. Use about 3 or 4 seeds.
- Cover the seeds with more soil, about 1/2″ to an 1″, water lightly, and replace the top portion of the bottle.
- Leave the cap on, or cover the whole at the top of the jug with something, so that you have created a green house, where the moisture and heat won’t leave.
- Once you have a sprout, you may want to remove the cap, to ventilate.
What to plant in your Juice Jug Greenhouse
I highly recommend trying to grow something you’ve never grown before, and if you do, be sure to tell us about it! Tomatoes and Peppers would be a good choice – I’ve used eggplant seeds in this tutorial.
Be sure to check out all of our other posts on Seed Starting, like our Top Ten Ideas for Seed Starting, and all of our other great Green Living Ideas The Garbage Deodorizer Pucks are a personal favourite.
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Earth Month Up-cycle Challenge
Visit the Earth Month Upcycle Challenge HQ and see who else is up to the challenge:
Using Plastic Containers for Seed Starters from Kara Carrero
Plastic Masks from Milk Jugs from Crafty Mama in ME
How to Make this Fantastic Plastic Bottle Terrarium from Witty Hoots
Upcycled Plastic Suncatchers from Books and Giggles