Garden recycling

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    I have a typical city garden which is long and thin. As I am on the top of a hill, and the garden slopes down and sideways,my vegetable patches needed edging to stop the top soil washing away.
    Rather than paying lots of money for pretty edging I asked friends and neighbours to contribute empty wine bottles which do the job wonderfully well.
    I have four beds, each of which take about 70 bottles, so you learn a lot about your friends' tastes in wine.
    One such friend asked if I only wanted green bottles as he had blue ones.
    I took two, which he asked be placed far away from one another. Why, I asked. The reply was that two blue bottles placed together would breed like flies!!!!
    These bottles have been in place for over 10 years and have been colonised with ferns. They also collect water in the dimples and the birds love to drink from them.

    pinkhare, Sarah J., ermintrude75, and 34 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Deb Did It 61 months ago | reply

      so clever, so beautiful

    2. Threadpainter 61 months ago | reply

      This is the most inventive recycled job I've ever seen ... and just love the blue bottle story ... lol !!!

    3. dAbE-Art 61 months ago | reply

      little green houses

    4. annleah 60 months ago | reply

      Oh I just love that idea! It makes a beautiful photo too.

    5. amy_is_picnoleptic 59 months ago | reply

      this is gorgeous - both the idea and the image.

      I just saw this same thing for the first time while visiting gardens in Monterey California. So... you did not fill the bottles with anything? I see that there is shiz growing in them?? no problem though?? Did you make sure to clear out roots and stuff??

      Thank you for this!

    6. scrappy annie 59 months ago | reply

      No, there was nothing added to the inside of the bottles, I just plunged them into the soil which had been dug over and weeded. The ferns just grew!. This isn't a problem as my garden is a "natural" one, which means that it looks a bit scruffy most of the time.

    7. Kooklamou - MA., USA 38 months ago | reply

      wow! No longer will the wine bottles go in the recycle bin! They will be saved for the garden!! Great idea! Thanks!

      Great shot, btw!!! "-)

    8. clayangel_sc 35 months ago | reply

      Great use for those bottles. I love the beautiful bits of color but also the extra that the water collects in the dimples for the birds and that you were blessed with bonus plantage inside the bottles as well. Bravo on an idea very well executed.

    9. Gerla Brakkee 28 months ago | reply

      Wish I would have found this earlier! Great idea!!

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      Seen on greenupgrader.com (?)

    10. Earthgarden 24 months ago | reply

      Awesome idea!

    11. ingrid eulenfan 11 months ago | reply

      This is a fantastic photo!:
      award/

      Kleingarten Schrebergarten /
      Allotment allotment garden

      Danke für das schöne Foto!
      Thanks for the nice photo.

    12. Mas Hengky 6 months ago | reply

      do you have tips for small garden of a small house?
      long tweet never been that easy

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