Everybody who visits the garden goes bonkers over the bottle borders we have. I like the look on their faces whey they exclaim, “Are those bottles?” and I reply, “They sure are!” You can tell right then an there those bottles gets their imaginative juices flowing!
We started using bottles as garden borders over twenty years ago. As we built up our garden (as we kept composting and building up our soil), we needed something cheap that wouldn’t decompose after a few years. When we’d deliver our produce to restaurants, I would spot, then pick up, the pretty green and blue bottles that were dumped out back. Perfect!
A simple, cheap and colorful edging. Definitely a creative and attractive recycling/reuse.
Now bottle borders are popping everywhere! Seems that I blogged about our Bottle Border in 2003, as a reader recently reminded me saying:
“Thanks to one of your posts about putting in a blue wine bottle border, I started a wine bottle border in my front yard. I can’t drink wine because it gives me a headache, but that’s okay, because everyone around here saves their empties for me, and I must have hundreds by now. So far, my border snakes abound on the inside of my picket fence. It’s all curves, as putting them in a straight line just didn’t work out. The more colors the prettier it is. It’s a work in process, as I only put in around 10 each weekend. I have alot of weeds and roots to dig out, so getting them inserted can be time consuming. Alot of people that see my border, think it’s a great idea. It is certainly a pretty way to recycle.” – Nancy
Love it when readers remind me of some good posts and ideas. After 10 years of blogging, I tend to forget and it’s good to revisit some of the Tips & Tricks that we’ve passed on over the years.
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