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Mini Greenhouses Using Recycled Materials

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Creative mini greenhouses can be made using a variety of common household recyclable materials. This is a guide about mini greenhouses using recycled materials.

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Tip: Mini-Greenhouse From Plastic Jugs

I set out plants I grow from seed and they need protection from wind and pests. I use clear juice jugs with the bottom cut out and no lid as a mini greenhouse for each plant. The plants get off to a great start! This also works to start seeds in the garden.

By denowolfes from Talbott, TN

Miniature Window Greenhouse

Bottle Green House Craft

  1. Begin with a plastic cola bottle. Choose a size that will suffice for whatever you're planting.

  2. Remove the label (or paint it, or wrap contact paper around the bottle.)

  3. Poke drainage holes in the bottom of the bottle.

  4. Layer the bottom of the bottle with rocks, pebbles, marbles, packing peanuts, anything that will promote drainage.

  5. Add 3 - 4" of potting soil.

  6. Cut a 'V' shape in the cut side of the top portion of the bottle

  7. Insert your seeds, seedlings or small plants. Gently squeeze the bottom of the top of the bottle so that it will fit inside of the bottom portion of the bottle. (see illustration)

  8. Place on saucer on your window sill and enjoy watching your plants grow, or transplant to your garden when they are big enough.

By Doggy

Tip: Mini Greenhouses

Save the little plastic containers with attached lids that some fruits come in and you sometimes get for take out food and use them to start your garden plants. They work like mini greenhouses.

By demmi

Safeway has muffins in plastic containers that have a space for each muffin. They work well for mini greenhouses, too.

By Susan

I cut the ends of the two litre clear plastic pop bottles and put them over my small transplants in the garden. Make sure to remove the cap as this allows the circulation of air to the plant.
Tomatoes love these!

By Donna

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Here are questions related to Mini Greenhouses Using Recycled Materials.

Question: Plastic Storage Bin Greenhouse

I'm thinking of trying to make a small indoor greenhouse for next winter. I have an odd-ball idea for one and would like to get some feedback on what people think. I want to take a large plastic storage bin (the bottom part is clear) and turn it upside down, put the seedlings on the inverted top, hook up a plant light in it and put it in a sunny window. The bottom part of the bin would be snapped back in place to keep the humidity in there. Would that work? Does anybody have any thoughts on this?

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

Most Recent Answer

By Allison04/02/2010

I also think you are trying to do too much with the storage bin. The lights and other instructions will be a great thing and should get you through. Good luck