Glass bottles and wine bottles
Old glass bottles make beautiful garden borders–the glass catches the light and adds color to the yard. Another benefit? When nothing is blooming, colorful glass bottles bring interest and depth to an otherwise bland off-season yard.
Any glass bottle will do: lemonade, sparkling water or cider, wine bottles or liquor bottles. They should be similar in height but not necessarily identical in size; varying the height slightly will add some contrast to the border and make it more interesting.
- Dig a trench to create a border. It's easiest to do this when the ground is wet (after a rainy day is ideal).
- Dig deep enough to "plant" the bottles upside down, leaving four to six inches visible at the base to create the border.
- If the border is long (six feet or more) know this could be a work in progress and might take more than one season to complete (it could take a couple dozen bottles to complete a border).
- Ask friends to help with the collection! Let friends know you are collecting empty glass bottles and ask if you can take any off their hands.
Be sure to puncture some holes in the bottom of each tin for drainage. If the base is too heavy to puncture, add a layer of small pebbles to the bottom of the tin and then cover with soil; the pebbles will allow the soil to drain properly.
Glass jars, fish bowls
- Sand away any rough spots
- Repaint the exterior of the drawer to give it a bright, sunny color
- Drill holes in the bottom of the drawer for drainage
- Cover holes with a layer of newspaper to prevent messy dirt and mud runoff when watering (it is cheaper than landscaping fabric and will decompose naturally in about 18 months)
- Fill with soil and flowers!
Wine crates, wooden crates and pallets
In love with this idea but can't find a wooden crate? Check local liquor stores and grocery stores to see if there are any available for free.
Follow the same guidelines used for any container with a solid base: Puncture holes in the bottom for drainage.
Use pallets as a low-maintenance garden bed. The slatted design makes this piece perfect for growing rows of lettuce and other leafy greens. Just place the pallet in a sunny spat, fill each "row" with soil and let the growing begin.