I ran across an idea to make a soda bottle green house for gardening. If you cut the bottom off, and remove the screw on top (but save it) you can put it over your young seedlings and have a mini-greenhouse.
- After danger of frost is past, drill a hole in each of the 2-liter soda bottle lids (the smallest drill bit you have).
- Screw them back on the bottles
- Dig down into the soil next to your plant, and bury your bottle at least half way with the top down.
- Fill the bottle with water and you have a trickle waterer down into the root area that should save water and eliminate the need for extra watering during hot summer days.
I haven’t tried this myself yet, but plan to as it makes sense to me. Hope it helps someone else. I think we all need to get out and plant something now and and get proficient in gardening before the bottom falls out.
This may not help a farmer with a layout of acres and acres, but maybe a senior doing container gardening will find it useful.
Remember, the best insurance for disasters large and small is to be prepared. Think about the 5 wise virgins from the Bible story!
All the posts lately have been wonderful. Running to fast to comment much but a wealth of good ideas and information. I saved a bunch of bottles but we went from too cold and wet to plant to 80s in 2 weeks. The drip bottle sounds like something to try. Thanks. Having an extraordinary early crop of Mosquitos this year in May. Way too early.
I’ve done this before using other plastic containers. The only thing I would worry about is that it wouldn’t take much of a wind to blow them off the plant. of course if it’s windy early in AM when the frost usually occurs then it wouldn’t frost at all so blowing off the plant wouldn’t be a problem.
I’ve been using this method for many years and have found that, as a bonus, it keeps away the slugs and snails. Once the plants are strong enough to leave off the protection, they are usually big enough that the slimy pests aren’t interested in them.
Thanks Ecomum for sharing your experience with this method! :-)