Friday, January 8, 2016

Garden - Winter 2016 - Mini-Greenhouses

Sue came across this article about sowing seeds in the winter using mini-greenhouses out of milk cartons or two-liter soda bottles (or anything similar). Once again, this is the kind of idea I like: easy to do and inexpensive, assuming you have the containers, which we do, from the club soda we like to drink. :) The nice thing about these too is that the seedlings are apparently already hardened!

And so, I obtained some seeds for vegetables that apparently can grow in the winter -- cabbage, broccoli, beats and peas -- and started making our little greenhouses...

After removing the label, I drilled 1/8 inch holes in the very bottom:

Drilling Bottom Hole in Club Soda Bottle


And also up about 3/4-1 inch, all to try to make sure water can flow through so it does not sit and rot the seeds and roots:

Drilling Upper Hole in Club Soda Bottle


Then, I made a starter slice in the side, and cut around, leaving maybe 2 1/2 inches uncut for the bend:

Making Side Slice

Cutting Around the Bottle

Finished Mini-Greenhouse Opened Up


And then, it was off to the garden. Here is one with the soil in it, and then set in place in the mulch garden bed:

Soil in Mini-Greenhouse

Mini-Greenhouse Set in Garden Mulch Bed


And here are the first results!

First Mini-Greenhouse Seedling Sprouts


And finally, this is where we are as of yesterday morning:

Garden with Many Mini-Greenhouses


And those same first sprouts! They even survived the snow we recently had:

First Seedlings Growing Some More


Excellent! Thanks to the Lord for granting the germination and seedling growth!

Many of the seeds have sprouted, so we'll have to see how this progresses through the winter, as God might grant.

We are thankful to Him for being able to work to grow our own food, and new and creative ideas, and we pray He might indeed grant provisions from the garden, in accordance with His will!

-- David

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