Introduction: Pop Bottle Greenhouse

This greenhouse is a perfect complement to your eggshell seed starters! It provides a warm, moist and bright container for starting seeds, and it is made from freecycled pop bottles.

You will need

Empty 2L clear plastic bottle & cap
Scissors

Step 1: Prepare Bottle

Wash out the bottle you will be using and remove any labels. Most of the label should peel off easily. There may be a sticky strip on one side; you can usually loosen the label glue by soaking the bottle in warm soapy water.

Step 2: Cut Bottle

Cut the bottle approximately in half. If you aren't good at cutting straight. you can draw a line in marker or crayon to guide you.

Step 3: Add Slit

Cut a straight slit in the bottom half of the bottle, perpendicular to the the first cut you made. The slit should start at the top, cut edge and extend about 2 inches straight down towards the base.

Step 4: Put a Lid on It

Now you can squeeze the bottom half of the pop bottle so that the slit edges overlap. The bottom half of the bottle gets a bit smaller when you squeeze it, and you can then slide the top half over it. The result should look like the original pop bottle, but shorter.

You are done!

Step 5:

Take the top off the bottle, and nestle your eggshell planters in the bottom. Spray them gently before replacing the lid. Usually 3-4 eggshells fit well in one 2L bottle.

Step 6: Enjoy!

You are finished!

Keep your greenhouse in a sunny spot and check the plants on a regular basis. You shouldn't have to spray them very often, since the lid keeps moisture in. About once a week, remove the plants and rinse the greenhouse with water to help prevent the growth of mold.

Comments

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pockafwye (author)2009-05-01

I used your idea to protect some seedlings while I'm waiting to plant them.

I linked back here from the original shot on flickr.

Thanks!

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doo da do (author)pockafwye2014-02-12

The pop bottle lids hol in the moisture, where are your tops

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knexfreak32 (author)pockafwye2011-10-23

Good job.Plants look great.

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NaturalCulture (author)pockafwye2009-05-31

They look great!

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altainta (author)2013-02-17

good idea.. Will find 2L bottles now (Stopped to drink that much of coke / softdrinks since 8 months)

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PKTraceur (author)2009-03-19

Nice! Once spring comes 'round, Ill start saving some bottles!

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doo da do (author)PKTraceur2012-05-09

If you have a southern side window, you my get a early start on spring. Doodado

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adsandy (author)2010-01-22

 I'm sorry, I don't know what pop is....

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knexfreak32 (author)adsandy2011-10-23

I hope this will help.Soda is a fizzy,sweet,yummy drink.

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Tazom (author)adsandy2010-01-26

Its American slang for Soda, amazing lot the first time I have seen this question asked!

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destructopop (author)Tazom2011-06-21

It's so funny, here in Australia they simply call it by brand, or just "Coke". I tried pop, soda, and cola... Coke is the only word that works for the average Aussie. Haha

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jakdominance (author)Tazom2011-04-03

we vermonters (and other new englanders) call it soda too!

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dudejetfighter (author)adsandy2010-04-16

 you must be from the south. we call it coke.

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NaturalCulture (author)adsandy2010-02-13

As Tazom explained, in Canada we refer to soda or soft drinks as 'pop'.

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puppy327 (author)2011-04-06

tip about every day dry the bottle because the water will grow mold and can kill your plants

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Wasagi (author)2009-11-14

 Great Idea! 5 stars!

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canno (author)2009-03-28

wow looks good =D
great idea

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captaincoolness55 (author)2009-03-09

that's pretty cool man! :D i read this and the eggshell plant starters thing. i'll have to try this! thanks!

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