Get the kids to make their own mini hothouses this weekend! It’s a great way to get your vegetable or flower seedlings off to a good start before transplanting them into the garden.
Gardening is such a great way to bond and spend time with your kids. Make it fun and help them make their own mini hothouses. It’s really easy and they’ll love watching their seedlings grow.
What you’ll need:
- ± 12cm pot (should fit the diameter of a coke bottle)
- 2L coke bottle
- Potting soil
- Seedlings of your choice
Use the scissors to carefully cut off the top end of the coke bottle.
Fill the pot with potting soil and gently push your finger into the soil to make a hole to plant your seedling into.
Once you’ve popped the seedling into the hole, pat down firmly around the base of your seedling.
Lightly water with a spray bottle or watering can. Be sure not to overwater!
Turn the coke bottle bottom upside down and place over the top of the pot to form your mini hothouse.
Stand your hothouse in a warm, well lit area but make sure it’s not in the full sun.
A window sill would be ideal.
Be sure to water your seedling every day to prevent it from drying out.
When the seedling is around 8cm tall, you can get the kids to transplant it into the garden.
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