If you find yourself in February yearning for fresh herbs and the light, spend the rest of the year collecting plastic bottles for these Seed Starters. As a farmer's daughter, I can usually take care of plants, but they are most likely to die at the seedling stage. This Seed Starter is not intended to be permanent. After 3 months, transplant your herbs to a garden or a pot, and start a new batch.
Step 1: Materials
To complete this project you'll need:
One plastic bottle, 4-16 oz
Utility Knife and cutting surface
Clear plastic packing tape
Step 2: Dissect the bottle
With the utility knife, cut the bottle 1 inch from the bottom for 5oz and less bottles. Cut 2 inches from the bottom for larger bottles. For Irregularly shaped bottles (salad dressing), cut the bottle at the widest point.
Step 3: Cutting variations
Post cut bottles on 1x1inch grid.
Step 4: Notch the bottles
In order for the top portion to fit snugly into the bottom portion, make a 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length triangular notch on each cut side of the top portion of the bottle. If the bottle is made of thicker plastic, make the notches wider. If dealing with a flimsier plastic (soda bottle), a very thin notch or slot can be made.
Step 5: Check for fit
Once the notches are cut, check for fit. Squeeze the top notched portion into the bottom portion. There only needs to be 1/4 inch of overlap, as long as it is snug.