I wanted to try something new this year for our garden. I love experiments and I love gardening! Put those two together and you have a happy girl! I remembered pinning something on Pinterest about using milk jugs as personal greenhouses. I had to give it a try! If it didn’t work out, I’m not really out anything. The cost of dirt I guess… but we keep our seed packets from the year before (and the year before, and the year before….). The seeds stay good (we keep them on the top shelf of our closet). Still, I couldn’t help buying some cool seeds when I took the girls out to buy soil! The one I’m looking forward to the most? Pumpkins on a stick!
You can see exactly how we did it from the picture above. My least favorite part- bleaching each milk carton and poking 6 holes in the bottom of each one. My favorite? The seeds 🙂
We started out using Black Gold soil, recommended by IFA, but it dried out really quickly. We bought a huge bag of Miracle Gro potting soil from Costco for $10. It stayed moist and the seeds thrived.
We tried all sorts of containers besides milk. This applesauce jar didn’t end up sprouting anything, a 2 liter soda bottle worked well, but my most favorite was the plastic rectangle boxes that you buy your spinach and mixed greens at Costco. A lot of little plants can get started there and it’s easy to use. You don’t have to cut the container in half- there’s already the giant lid! I don’t know if it would work as well in colder weather since the plastic is a lot thinner (I took those in at night).