Gardening Ideas forum: Article: Idea--using protective bells to create mini greenhouses

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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Aug 27, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Protective plastic plant bells that warm soil and shelter tender plants from frost can be purchased online, at garden-supply stores or at places like Walmart these days. They’re great with young plants in the early spring, but you can also use them to create mini greenhouses that help accelerate seed germination too!

Below are two examples of these “mini greenhouses.” They are easily removed, and have swivel vents on top to aid or prevent air circulation. In these examples, all my seeds sprouted within three days! And they all withstood several spring storms.

Placing them firmly over a pot creates a secure positioning so that wind or a pet or child brushing up against them won’t dislodge them.

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Placing them over smaller or seed-starter pots is great too, but you'll need to place something on the rims to prevent them from being dislodged or blowing away if the wind gets strong. As you can see, I used rocks and watered these from the bottom.

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Happy seeding! Lovey dubby
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lauribob
Aug 27, 2017 9:06 PM CST
Great idea!
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Name: greene
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greene
Aug 28, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Very good idea; thanks. Since I don't have money to spend I will be scrounging through the recycle bin to find something that can be made to serve a similar purpose. Thumbs up
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Aug 28, 2017 10:03 AM CST
greene said:Very good idea; thanks. Since I don't have money to spend I will be scrounging through the recycle bin to find something that can be made to serve a similar purpose. Thumbs up


Oh, I know what that is! You can use cleaned plastic soda bottles that have the bottoms cut off. I would say gallon jugs too but they're mostly opaque, no? I think the ability to see through them is a plus.

When you find something, please post about it!
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