Green Idea: Recycle a Soda Bottle into a Terrarium


Make a Terrarium

As per wikipedia, A terrarium (plural: terraria or terrariums) is usually a seal able glass container containing soil and plants, and can be opened for maintenance to access the plants inside. However, terraria can also be open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed. Terraria are often kept as decorative or ornamental items. Closed terraria create a unique environment for plant growth, as the transparent walls allow for both heat and light to enter the terrarium. The sealed container combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small scale water cycle. This happens because moisture from both the soil and plants evaporates in the elevated temperatures inside the terrarium. This water vapour then condenses on the walls of the container, and eventually falls back to the plants and soil below. This contributes to creating an ideal environment for growing plants due to the constant supply of water, thereby preventing the plants from becoming over dry. In addition to this, the light that passes through the transparent material of the terrarium allows for the plants within to photosynthesize, a very important aspect of plant growth.

Here is eco friendly idea to go green and recycle and reuse a soda bottle to grow a miniature garden.

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic 2 liter soda pop bottle
  • Very sharp scissors or craft knife
  • Dirt or potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Permanent black marker

Directions :

  1. Remove the label from the bottle. Discard label. Save cap!
  2. Wash and rinse out the bottle and cap.
  3. Cut the bottle close to the bottom. At the end of the label and cut there. You can cut it higher if you wish.
  4. Lightly place dirt or potting soil in the base.
  5. Plant a few seeds in the dirt.
  6. Lightly water.
  7. Put the cap on the bottle.
  8. Cover the base with the top of the bottle. You will have to fiddle with it a bit to fit back inside the base.
  9. Place in a sunny spot and watch for your seeds to grow.
  10. When the plants are ready, repot them or plant them in your garden.Enjoy!

More information in growing successful and beautiful terrarium here >>

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