Thyme to seed…

…and other herbal puns.

Oh, Reg, ah know! 

Meet Cory and her friend, Basil

Inside the bottle with a lone Roma tomato seedling.

Inside the bottle with a lone Roma tomato seedling.

It’s seeding time again. To save space I rigged up a couple of hanging bottle gardens this year: a two-bottle model for a couple of tomatoes in peat pellets and a three-bottle for oregano, thyme and basil.

Easy to make. Figure out how many bottles you’ll need for the height you’ll hang it from.

You’ll need: water/soda bottles, knife/scissors, duct or electrical tape, single hole punch, string, foam or newsprint, needle.

These hanging bottle gardens piggyback on the spider plant that's already suspended from a hook in the ceiling.

These hanging bottle gardens piggyback on the spider plant that’s already suspended from a hook in the ceiling.

1. Cut the bottoms off water or soda bottles with knife or scissors.

2. Cover the cut opening of the bottles with duct tape.

3. Use a hole punch to punch through the duct tape on opposite sides of each bottle.

4. Place piece of foam or a crumpled bit of newsprint in the cap of each bottle.

5. With a needle pierce a hole in all but 1 of the caps of the bottles. The unpierced bottle will serve as the catch basin for water. Alternatively, you can pierce the final one too and hang the whole thing over another plant.

6. Cut two pieces of string, long enough to accommodate all the bottles, and enough extra for hanging.

7. Loop one piece of string through the first hole of the bottom (catch basin) bottle and knot it. Do the same with the other piece of string on the other side.

8. Loop the first piece through the hole in the next bottle, then loop it through again so that it stays secure. You can adjust these later. Do the same on the other side and so on for all bottles. Hang the garden in a sunny spot.

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