Putting plastic bottles to work in the garden

Posted by Alastair Otter on November 12, 2010
Posted in Garden, Green tips

Struggling to keep your seedlings alive without watering them constantly? Try this guaranteed-to-work tip:

Find a couple of clear plastic cooldrink bottles. The big 2-litre ones are ideal for the job. Cut the bottom off the bottle, remove the lid and put a bottle over each of your seedlings.

It work like magic. Because they are clear plastic they allow in sunlight (which the little seedlings need) but they also help to keep the plants from drying out. Even if you don’t water them every day the condensation in the bottle keeps the seedlings from drying out.

The bottles also keep out the snails which love to chew on fresh, baby seedling leaves.

Even better, the seedlings grow substantially faster in their plastic homes than they do in the hot, exposed sun. These lettuce plants were planted out in the garden about ten days ago but were all raised from seed at the same time. The bigger plant is the one growing under a plastic bottle dome. The ones in the tray are drying out faster than I can water them.

 

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