Garden In A Bottle: Growing Soda Bottle Terrariums & Planters With Kids
The first thing you need to do is choose your container. You can use a large glass jar or any other kind of clear, non-porous container. Plastic containers are not recommended because they will leach chemicals into the soil and make it poisonous for your plants.
You can buy them at most grocery stores. They are usually labeled with their contents like “water” or “milk”. If you don’t have any, just pour some water from a nearby stream or river into the container. Do not fill it too full though; otherwise, the plant roots won’t get enough room to grow and will die.
Plastic bottles are easy to clean. Just wash them under running water and dry them well before putting them away again. You can even put a few drops of dish soap in the bottom of the bottle to keep it smelling fresh.
In order to make your terrarium, you’ll need some soil and a little bit of potting mix (or peat moss) for planting seeds inside it. Don’t over water it because you want the soil to be more on the dry side so that it doesn’t become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Make sure to let the plants get some sunlight, but not too much either. If they get too much, they will die. The best time to water your plants is in the early evening. Always make sure that the top 1/4 of an inch of soil is dry before watering them again.
Sources & references used in this article:
Apparatus and Method for Transforming Bottles Into Grow Light Terrariums by MA Gunsay – US Patent App. 14/086,699, 2014 – Google Patents
A Kid’s Guide to Making a Terrarium by S Bearce – 2009 – books.google.com
Growing gardens, growing minds by M Ingram – 2003 – Kendall Hunt
Fry Casserole Adjustable Led Downlight Infusion Set Luer Lock With Scalp Vein Set Lawn Mower Spade Terminal Connectors by T Hebert, D Martin, T Slattery – Science and Children, 2014 – search.proquest.com