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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Use Glass Bottles as Garden Edging




  1. Linda says:

    I have a bottle border, too, and as I am a quilter, I call it my ‘drunkard’s path.’ If you do a bottle border, don’t let your husband close to it with a string trimmer, though — not unless you enjoy the crunch of broken glass under foot!

  2. Nancy R says:

    It’s so exciting to have my post posted! And thanks for all you do everyday to inspire us. Nancy

  3. Bethany says:

    Do you put something in the bottles?

    • Barbara M says:

      You can fill them with water which the sun will heat during the day and then the heat is given off after sunset to keep young, tender plants warm. I’ve used them in spring, winter and autumn. We don’t get heavy frosts or snow but if you do, the bottles will freeze solid and make the ground colder than it already is, so I’d recommend emptying them in winter.
      Barbara, New Zealand

  4. SouthCoastGuy says:

    Very cool! Great Post!

  5. lori says:

    Very pretty border. I’d like to have one but my little ones would accidentally break them.

  6. An Earth Mama says:

    What an absolutely delightful idea!! Thank you so much for sharing! I love Linda’s comment about her “drunkard’s path” too!! I laughed out loud when I read that one. 😀

  7. Jenny says:

    I also have a kiddos that I worry about breaking the bottles, have you had any problems with that? I love, love how the bottle border works and would like to create a few in my garden.

  8. Sage Kaplan says:

    Very pretty, I like that idea, your house is amazing as well as your simple everyday ideas. Could you post more pictures please with your post if you can. 🙂

  9. Elise says:

    Your bottle edging is a wonderful idea. Too bad we didn’t know about it years ago. We ended up using rocks from the property.

    We recycle pint size glass jars as drinking glasses. At first I used the pint canning jars, but they ended up with small chips from daily use. Once sanded with emery cloth, the glass is still useable for drinking, but not for canning. We then began to saving jars that food items come in, of the same kind. It isn’t the most original idea, but it works for us. We also save larger jars for storage of dry items as well as leftovers in the fridge.

    It is the little things that count.

  10. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, bottle borders and even fences have been a part of the culture in Europe. One of my blogger friends lives in Italy. He is in the process of building a wall from the wine bottles. The bottles he uses are the very thick glass bottles so there’s not much chance that they will break. The American thin glass bottles would be more prone to breakage. The possibility of the glass breaking would increase with the age of children playing in the area. Personally my border tastes don’t go in that direction. My interests more of the wood rustic look or the bush hedge wild look. Of course that’s if there’s space available.

    Have a great bottle border day.

  11. Seannon says:

    One thing to watch out for- if you’re near a creek or in an area that’s prone to mosquitoes, the dimples in the bottom of the bottle border are just about the perfect size for holding enough water to breed mozzies. One of my neighbors put in a bottle border in Austin, TX and there was a mosquito explosion- giant black clouds coming from the border. It was horrible and we had to take it out (I helped), even though it was so pretty.

    We’re only two blocks from a seasonal creek, so we have a bit of an issue with mosquitoes anyway, but that was just crazy.

  12. Jill Satterfield says:

    I love this idea! Luckily, my husband works for a glass manufacturer that makes WINE bottles! Blue and Green! Looks like I’ll be busy in a couple of weeks!

  13. Gaylynn says:

    Love this! I tried the bottle idea but had them turned upward. Bad mistake-they filled with water, froze, and cracked. Now I’m going to try it again turned downward! Woohoo! As for the mozzie problem, place a small candle in the dimple of the bottle. Voila! Atmosphere, and if you use citronella-no mosquitoes, and, it will fill up the hole to prevent water from collecting there. When burned down, just pop out and replace. You may have to spray with no-stick spray or something to prevent sticking to the glass.
    Can’t wait to try this again, and just remembered I got rid of my bottle collection a couple of weeks ago, so I’ll have to start collecting again. lol

  14. eileen says:

    We visited the children’s garden at Catigny in Wonfield, Il. They buried the bottle border so that just the flat bottom shows, no danger of breakage. I wish Id taken a photo worth 1000 words.

  15. Suzu says:

    The link at the bottom of the post, under “Resources”, entitled “Use Glass Bottles as Garden Edging”, is broken.

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