Wine Bottle Garden Border

Recycled wine bottles can be turned into a creative garden border.

| December 2012/January 2013

I had an idea to recycle wine bottles into a border in my garden. I asked friends and neighbors to save their empty bottles for me, which created community involvement and generated much interest in the project.

When I had enough bottles collected to install the border, I first marked out the design in the soil and laid out the bottles on the ground so I could arrange them in a way I found appealing. Next, I dug a trench about 8 inches deep. I upended the bottles and buried them bottom-side up to create the eye-catching border.

Different sizes work fine; the larger ones can be used for corners or accent pieces, and varying colors can be mixed together to create visual interest.

Many people ask whether the border was affected by the freezing and thawing associated with weather changes, but the bottles have now come through five winters with no trouble.

Blythe McManus
Hagerstown, Maryland

B. Frank
1/16/2013 8:17:21 PM

I've been doing this for the past 8 years, no fires. I got the idea from a restaurant herb garden 10 years ago. It's a great idea. The glass has never broken!

1/11/2013 4:34:00 PM

wow this is the worst possible thing to promote I mean seriously for so many reasons from "wow glass breaks" to the simple fact that glass in the garden in the sunshine in the summer can start a fire just not a good idea people.

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