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Three Ways To Reuse Soda Bottles in Your Garden

4/23/2011 12:14:31 PM

Tags: Grow Your Own, City Farming, Urban Garden, Balcony Garden, Mike Lieberman, DIY, Mike Lieberman

Soda Bottle Hanging Planter 

Growing your own food doesn't have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways to cut back the costs and be earth-friendly as well. You can do this by giving a second life to items that have outgrown their initial purpose.  

One such item that you can find in abundance and use in your garden is a soda bottle. Even if you don't drink soda, you can find these everywhere or ask family and friends to save them for you.

According to Earth911.com: "Less than 1 percent of all plastics is recycled. Therefore, almost all plastics are incinerated or end up in landfill." 

To help keep the soda bottles out of the landfill, here are three ways that you can reuse them in your garden. They all work well for apartment and small space gardening.  

Soda Bottle Carrot Garden  

By cutting off the top of a soda bottle, you can add soil and carrots seeds. You won't have huge yield, but you can get a few carrots from a very tiny space. It is certainly possible.  

Hanging Planter Using Soda Bottles  

This is a project that I did when I was living in New York City and gardening on my fire escape. I was able to line the railings of my fire escape with about 10 of these and grew herbs in them. It's a great project to work on with kids because you can decorate the soda bottles together.  

Self-Watering Container Soda Bottle  

All you'll need to create one of these is a soda bottle, old t-shirt and newspaper. They are smaller versions of self-watering containers, but just as effective for more shallow roots veggies.    

Those are just three ways that you can cut the costs of gardening, start your own and do it all in an eco-friendly fashion.    

What are some other ways that you can use soda bottles in your garden?  

 



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Linda Diggs
5/3/2011 3:18:11 AM
I cut the bottoms from the soda bottles and put them over plants to keep them warm, remove the cap so the plant can breathe. If the plant gets too tall just cut the top and bottom off another bottle and afix them together (staples, glue, duct tape). They last for years and are excellent here where it will be in the 80's for a few weeks then drop back to the 30's, Just remove the bottles when it's warm and cover them again when it's cold.

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable
4/26/2011 4:58:35 PM
I use them for deep watering in my garden. I have a picture and details for how to do it here: http://www.attainable-sustainable.net/deep-watering-in-the-garden. (Hope it's okay to post a link.)







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