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Winter Sowing: Using 2 Liter Bottles

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #7449321

While these images aren't the greatest... I hope they give you an idea on how to cut and use them.

1) Cut holes in the bottom. I use a steak knife... Poke and Twist to make a hole

2) Cut in half, probably 2/3rds the way up

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2010
8:45 PM

Post #7449324

3) cut about 3 to 4 "V" cuts in the top.

you do this so the 'cap' is easier to put back on, plus they will be used as "vents" once the weather warms up

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tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2010
8:46 PM

Post #7449332

**I did not fill them yes, as i'm not sowing today...

after filling the containers with soil and seeds...

4) reseat the top over the bottom, slightly pressing the "V"s in until it is 'closed'

5) tape shut

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tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2010
8:48 PM

Post #7449334

In the spring, when you have little seedlings and the sun is getting warmer... take off the tape and you can slide the top up a bit, but still keep it attached, but enough to where the "V"s are open and hot air can escape.



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tcs1366
Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 10, 2010
8:49 PM

Post #7449340

close up of the vents when it is lifted up a bit...

Hope these images helped a bit... and anyone that has photos of 2 Ltr containers... Please post them.

Once i get mine sown, i will do the same.

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soilsandup
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 11, 2010
5:42 AM

Post #7450684

The photos show the process nicely - thanks so much for posting them. I would have tried to put the top on the outside of the bottom instead of in the inside LoL
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 11, 2010
1:40 PM

Post #7451242

I cut mine the same way only I don't usually tape. If you push down hard on the top it stays put. (They work well for propagating cuttings too, which I was doing in this case). In spring, I just pull up on the top to create side windows.

Karen

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Deebie
Orangeburg, SC

January 12, 2010
1:44 AM

Post #7453637

Thanks everyone. A picture is worth a thousand words. You make the step so simple and have shared some wonderful ideas.
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #7455662

How does 7up bottles work? Will the color of the bottle filter too much light from the seeds/plants?
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #7455677

No, green pop bottles are fine.

Trudi's rule of thumb: If you can see your thumb thru it, you can use it.

Karen
diamond9192002
(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2010
6:55 PM

Post #7455728

Thanks Karen! You may have covered the subject before but i couldn't remember. I had a container hunt in my garage yesterday. I found a couple of juice containers that I could use. I cleaned a few containers and made all of my holes. The most difficult part of this was deciding what seeds to put in the containters. LoL

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