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What you will need:

– empty soda bottle (2 liter size)
– empty yogurt cup
– scissors or craft knife
– organic potting soil
– organic seedling

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Step 1 – Prepare the Greenhouse

Have your child find an empty soda bottle from the recycling bin. Thoroughly wash and dry the bottle. Then, remove the label and cut the bottom section of the soda bottle off, setting it aside for later.

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Step 2 – Prepare the Pot

Thoroughly wash and dry a yogurt cup, this will be the pot for your seedling. Using your craft knife, slice two medium sized slots in the bottom of the yogurt cup for drainage.

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Step 3 – Decorate the Pot

If your child would like, he can decorate the yogurt cup “pot” with eco-friendly markers, paint or even cut a strip of colorful junkmail to secure around the yogurt cup.

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Step 4 – Plant the Seedling

Fill the yogurt cup 1/2 full with organic potting soil. Place the seedling in the middle of the cup and continue to fill the yogurt cup with potting soil until full.

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Step 5 – Water the Seedling

Place your “pot” in the bottom portion of your soda bottle. Using your milk carton watering can (or another type of watering device), completely saturate the soil in the yogurt cup.

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Step 6 – Put Together Your Greenhouse

Carefully, reconnect the bottom section of the soda bottle (with your plant inside) to the top section. They will easily and securely fit back together when you carefully push the bottom part inside of the top part. This way when you water the plant, it will drain inside the soda bottle and not on the top of Mom’s coffee table.

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Step 7 – Surprise your Mom

Present Mom with a tree seedling, vegetable, herb, or any other plant growing in her own greenhouse.  Just don’t forget to remind Mom to water her plant, or better yet have your child water it for her!