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

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

Step 2: Dissect the bottle

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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

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Post cut bottles on 1x1inch grid.

Step 4: Notch the bottles

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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

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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.
tazebell6 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.
chuckr446 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.
Kaiven7 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.
HamO8 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.
asuka8 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?
HamO8 years ago
Home grown Basil is so good to cook with.
this is for legal herbs right ; )