Sunday, January 20, 2013

Starting seeds indoors

Supplies needed to make a self watering indoor seed starter: one 2 liter bottle, duct tape, cotton rope, scissors, sharpie and a 1/8 inch drill bit.
Remove the label off the bottle and rinse it out completely.

Draw a line with the sharpie marker7 inches up and around the whole bottle and cut along the line.
Put duct tape around the bottom half to create a lip for the top half to rest on, making it easier to remove the top half to refill the water.
Drill a hole in the bottle cap.
Run the 12 inch length of cotton rope through the hole of the cap. Be sure to tie a knot so the string won't pull through.
The bottom part of the sting hangs down in the water wicking it up into the soil of the top half of the bottle.
Be sure to use a good potting mix that will absorb the water and keep it moist for the seeds to germinate.
Fill the top half of the bottle about 2/3 of the way up. be sure that the cotton rope is evenly wrapped through the soil to help keep all the potting mix moist.

Once it is filled 2/3 of the way level the potting mix to add the seeds.
Today I am adding Cosmo seeds that I got for free at last years home and garden show.

Spread the seeds across the top of the potting mix, then add another 1/4 inch of potting mix on top of that.
Finally add the water to the bottom half up to the cap and put in a nice warm and sunny spot, then wait for the seeds to do their thing.

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