Sunday, April 10, 2016

DIY: Make mini greenhouses from plastic bottles

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | |
Using old plastic bottles as mini greenhouses is a very cheap way of giving your seedlings the environment they need. It's good for the seedlings and good for the local environment since you're reusing something that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Reuse old plastic bottles as mini greenhouses for your vegetable seedlings
Reuse old plastic bottles as mini greenhouses for your vegetable seedlings


A mini greenhouse protects seedlings from the harsh wind and colder weather. With a mini greenhouse you're also extending the growing season, and this gives your plants a head-start especially the slow-growing vegetables :-)

Plastic bottles and containers are perfect as mini greenhouses because they also let in natural daylight :-)

It is very easy to make your very own mini greenhouse. You only need:
  • Old plastic bottles or plastic milk containers
  • Box cutter/utility knife
Whether you should choose small or large bottles depends on the pot size or the seedling size, if you're growing vegetables in larger containers. 

Step 1:

DIY: Making mini greenhouses with old plastic bottles
DIY: Making mini greenhouses with old plastic bottles

First of all, wash the old plastic bottles lightly with soap and water especially if you're using old food oil bottles. Remove any labels as well so the seedlings can get full light while they're inside the bottle. 

Once the bottles have been washed, cut off the bottom with a box cutter. 

Step 2:

DIY: place the mini greenhouses over the seedlings
DIY: place the mini greenhouses over the seedlings

Place the mini greenhouse over the seedlings and you're all set :-) Remember to remove the cork for the air to circulate inside the bottle, and to avoid mold in the soil. 

When the season is over, don't throw the bottles away! Save them for next year :-)



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