Big Bottle Breakdown

One of my personal pet peeves is the bottled water brigade. If every person who spent ten dollars per day on “clean” bottled water earmarked that same money toward improving their municipal water supply, the necessity for bottled water would soon become a moot point. It shows a telling lack of concern for the long run, not to mention sustainability, to rely on a water supply that comes from a supermarket, particularly considering that not everyone can afford the luxury. Ranting aside, at one point or another, water gets purchased, and leftover plastic bottles proliferate. You can keep a couple out of the overstuffed recycling bins by turning them into mini greenhouse/seed germinators — a nice green twist to a decidedly ungreen dilemma.

What You Need:

*1 gallon-sized clear plastic water bottle

*Sharp craft scissors or a serrated knife

*Screwdriver (optional)

*Organic potting soil

*Seed

How To:

1) With the scissors/knife cut the bottom off the bottle in one piece, leaving about four inches of the side all the way around.

2) With the scissors or screwdriver, punch a few holes into this bottom piece for drainage.

3) Cut the top off the bottle in one piece, again leaving about four inches of side all the way around.

4) Fill the bottom half with soil and seeds and water it.

5) Affix the top half to the bottom. Place on a sunny windowsill or wind-protected outside location. Water periodically to keep the soil moist, but not so much that you encourage mold.

 6) The condensation and regulated temperature within the mini-greenhouse will aid the seed’s natural germination process. Since some seeds actually require a level of cold in order to germinate, this project can be used through the winter months as well as in spring. The resulting seedlings can then be transplanted into the ground or a more solid container.

Other containers you could use include smaller water or soda bottles, plastic takeout containers, or cake and muffin trays. Basically if it’s clear, plastic, and has a top and a bottom, you can probably sprout a seed in it. And really, there’s nothing greener than that.

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