Mini greenhouse in Joe Truini's backyard
This mini greenhouse is adaptable for changing temperatures.

Creating a mini greenhouse is the perfect way to balance spring planting with Mother Nature’s harsh temperatures.

Confused? Well, it’s pretty simple: Spring gardening often begins with getting plants into the ground as soon as possible. However, if you put the plants in too soon, a hard frost could kill them, so you have to be careful.

One way to protect the plant is to create a mini greenhouse. And don’t worry, it doesn’t require much — just an empty soda bottle.

How to Make a Small Greenhouse

First, grab a two-liter bottle, then use a utility knife to slice off the bottom. You don’t have to be a perfectionist here — cutting neatly doesn’t really matter. Just slice off the bottom of the bottle and slip it over the plant — it’s that simple!

Your mini greenhouse will capture the sun and heat during the day to help the plants grow quickly. But if it gets too hot, you can simply twist off the cap and let some of that heat escape.

At night, you should put that cap back on the small greenhouse because you don’t want a frost to hurt the plants, and that’ll trap some of the heat.

And you want to know the best part? In just two or three weeks, you’ll have fresh herbs from your mini greenhouse. So this will help you stay self-sufficient and environmentally friendly!

No more trips to the grocery store for herbs when you can grow them right in your own backyard!

What will you grow in your mini greenhouse? Share it in the comments below!

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