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Seed Starter

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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.
 
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
To complete this project you'll need:
One plastic bottle, 4-16 oz
Utility Knife and cutting surface
Clear plastic packing tape
Herb seeds
Water
Potting soil

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.
tazebell4 years ago
Look up Wintersowing. It will change the way you start seeds. Using empty milk jugs or take out food containers, seeds are left to germinate on nature's schedule. Just put them out, even in the snow, and come the proper time in spring those suckers will jump up and grow like crazy. Already hardened off, there is no need to baby them before putting them in more permanent spots. Seriously, the difference between the seeds I started inside and the WS ones was phenomenal. Glad I live in the country though. No snooty neighbors to critique all my containers sitting around. Have a good time growing! To the Instructables teams- I really enjoy the information on this site, so thanks for providing a forum for creative thinking.
chuckr445 years ago
Try cilantro, it's easy to grow and grows really well. It can be used for making salsa or pico de gallo. Yummm. And it produces TONS of seeds for next year. Cilantro also adds a nice Mexican spice to chicken, beef, or many vegetables.
Kaiven6 years ago
how about starting a banana tree? if been trying to find out how...
I wanted a banana tree but the ones that seed don't produce fruit and the ones we get banana's from don't reproduce by seed, they send out suckers.
HamO6 years ago
What, no sage? Nice instructable with good pix.
Not sure if that was an intentional Simon and Garfunkel reference, but I laughed out loud.
asuka6 years ago
Great idea! Have you tried it with things other than herbs? Could you start vegetables this way by using a gallon milk bottle?
HamO6 years ago
Home grown Basil is so good to cook with.
this is for legal herbs right ; )
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