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Monday, April 18, 2011

You too can have your very own pop bottle garden!

It's all the rage. Only the coolest of the hip have them. And I know you don't want to get left out.

First you need a Husband bent on burying you alive in your house

wood flooring

Then some wood flooring, and build some tiers.

herb garden

Then a bunch of pop bottles cut in half.

pop bottle garden

Now you have a gorgeous, colorful garden of plastic.

oh, and there is something about placing herb seeds and plants under those pop bottles creating a terrarium that will help keep your new sprouts safe from the coolness that is swing season.

21 comments:

Lamb said...

I have a similar planting scheme going on! Of course, I use this seasons oh-so-chic Dr Pepper bottles with accents of Sprite and the *pop* of a Vernor's ginger ale bottle for an avant garde touch! Lol!

Phelan said...

lol Lamb! Sounds just delicious. You are definitely in the "in" crowd.

Bob from Athens said...

Funny how lower class status shows up in unusual and unrealized ways, I only have the 69 cent dollar store bottles in my garden.

Annette said...

Well, I am missing the first component (husband intent on burying me alive in the house) but think I can tackle the second - I want to be one of the cool kids! =)

Phelan said...

It's ok Bob, you can be our pity friend ;)

Annette, you're slacking :D

DK said...

I clicked over because of the use of the word 'pop' I haven't heard that term often enough lately, having been transplanted to Kentucky from Michigan via Missouri. It looks just like our garden growing up in Michigan (and would look like mine here if I had reason to do that here, but spring is actually spring here somehow). Except ours was used milk jugs and oil bottles and things like that as pop bottles were worth $.10 each when you took them back to the store due to the state having a deposit law about pop and beer containers.

judysquiltsandthings said...

Phelan, observation. You may not want the dirt piled so high up the sides of your house because of termites.

DK, when we lived in Michigan I found it real aggravating to have to give the grocery stores that ten cents per container and then have to fight them to take the containers back. Glad we moved back to Kansas!

Phelan said...

The dirt is against concrete and doesn't touch the house at all. When berming moisture is more of a concern. But thank you for the heads up.

Phelan said...

Judy, you got me thinking, I should post a do and don't on partially berming one's house.

DK, I lived in Plymouth, Michigan for awhile. I liked it there. We were "forced" into recycling. Had to buy these special yellow bags and tags. Oh my and if you forgot to separate something out the garbage man and the police showed up to explain it to you. :D

ChicagoMike said...

I am curious if there is a reason that you left the labels on the bottles.

Love the idea. Water bottles (office cooler size) also make great terrariums, if you can get them.

Phelan said...

lol Mike, no reason my boys cut and placed for me. If they can find a shortcut, no matter what it is, they use it.

Lisa said...

Holy! All my neighbors have those yellow bags... I refuse! lol! I am soooo glad the wind did not damage your house! Love your garden scheme!

edifice rex said...

I was a little concerned about the termites too. :)
Not to sound like some picky ass but building code requires all earth grade to be at least 8 inches down from your bottom plate/ siding. Termites will create tunnels up to the wood framing, if they are close enough, even though your dirt is against concrete. Carpenter ants will also take advantage of this close dirt.
Like I said, not trying to be a smarty pants but I know how evil termites are and they just give me the willies. I guess I've repaired too much damage in other people's houses.

SkippyMom said...

That is the awesome Phe! I love it.

You can also use the bottom half that has been cut off to start seeds in the house before planting outside.

Only one downfall - we don't drink soda. Any ideas where to get them otherwise.

Phelan said...

How this mobile home is built, under the siding is aluminum. The house is completely wrapped in it. Under the white that is overlapping the blue painted concrete is, still more concrete, the first blue siding you see is the metal frame, then half way up the next piece of siding starts the aluminum wrapped wood.Termites are not a problem in this instance. And the siding is plastic. The dirt will also sink over the next few weeks. We are ok with building codes as well as moisture and bug problems.

Phelan said...

Skippy I get a lot of them from Husband's work and neighbors.

judysquiltsandthings said...

Ok, I will quit worrying about termites eating you out of house and home! LOL

Phelan said...

Judy, I have three boys in growth spurts that will do that just fine on their own :D

small farm girl said...

Too funny! I guess you can get some color in your garden that way. lol. Oh, good idea too. lol

Anonymous said...

I have tried to comment in an effort to apologize for that last one of mine coming out so wrong but it seems you may have blocked me. I just really want to say I did not mean to sound like a know it all or ass. I seem to always screw up my wording on your blog, one reason I have never commented much. I realize you are not under any codes, as i am not, but I was just trying to say sometimes they are a good guideline, even if we don't have to follow. And I would really hate to see ya'll suffer any further setbacks. I've read for quite some time and know that ya'll have had times of trouble, as most of us have. I wish you the best of luck with your homestead and garden and always have. Don't worry about my further commenting, I won't come back and risk screwing up again. I just wanted to say I didn't mean that to sound like it did.
Edifice Rex

Phelan said...

E Rex. I didn't block you. I am not sure why you can't comment. I sent you an email.

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