February 18, 2012
Vegetable Oil Bottle Greenhouse
A vegetable oil bottle, in this case Crisco, is perfectly shaped to be a greenhouse because the bottom 2/3 of the bottle is a uniform and wide shape, while the top 1/3 comes in at the neck and then expands again. Here's how I made mine.
Step 1: Wash the bottle with dish detergent. The grease fighting power they advertise is great for getting the remaining oil out of there. THe easiest way to do this is to simply put a few drops of dish soap in the bottle, add water until it's about 1/3 to 1/2 full, put the lid back on and shake it. Then rinse.
Step 5: Plant your seeds, then place the top section back on the bottle. Push the top down so that it "clicks" into the first or second ridge of the bottom (see picture to the left of the connection between the top and bottom). You'll be able to raise the top up a click as your plant grows.
Step 7: The seed should germinate and grow within one to two weeks. Once it has grown a few inches, unscrew the lid from the bottle so that the plant can get the carbon dioxide it needs to continue to grow. Wait until the soil is dry to water, and keep an eye the soil near the roots to ensure that it doesn't become water logged. Once the plant has outgrown its bottle, transplant it and reuse the bottle to start other seeds or take off the top half to turn the greenhouse into a pot.
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