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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Grow some beer in your garden!

I was scouring the internet this morning for ideas to use as a border for the vegetable garden! I had seen where using flowering plants would look oh so nice...I loved that idea...but in my mind I would either have to pay for the instant gratification, or wait, wait, wait for plants big enough to flower...

Well, I walked outside to water, and happened to glance in the recycle bins, and what did I see but beer bottles. I had once seen where someone used them to make a border. Of course, I think they had soaked the labels off first...

I'm kinda liking the colors on them! Hey...I know what you are thinking (possibly)....but I am very cheap...oh soo cheap...with a capitol C. Anyway, I came back in the house and told my husband to keep buying the same 3-4 (basically) types of brown bottled beers he had been buying (no clear ones right now)...and I will finish this out. No one really sees this garden, but me (and you)...so what the heck. I think it looks fun, and hopefully the labels will stand up to the weather for the next 5 months or so.

The necks of the bottles push right into the ground...well, I added my body weight to get them in there good...and voila...easy, fun, and a work in progress...at 2 bottles a day it will take a while...but recycling is a good thing! Now I am wondering what I could edge in a nice shade of blue bottle!!

13 comments:

InspireBohemia@gmail.com said...

So funky!!! I love this idea... please share pictures once you've finished the bordering! :)

Darla said...

I have seen this with the blue bottles...may have to borrow it..

Bobbie Lynn said...

Cute idea!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have seen this done with wine bottles too. I think it looks just as good if not better.

Aerelonian said...

I'm quite cheap too so I understand. I'm not sure what I think visually. I think I'd prefer no label. Then it doesn't distract from the plants. They'll probably be way taller in no time though... hmmm....

Claude said...

long before you went to the local home depot to purchase garden edgings, it was quite common to make them out of beer bottles, or old bricks, or sea shells or anything you could stick in the ground. My neighbor, when I was a kid, had a bed edged in old coco cola bottles... I used to have a bed edged with chipped china plates.

I've been thinking of collecting some of those cobalt colored wine bottles lately...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Clever idea, Julie.. That's cheaper than all of those paving stones we pay for at Lowe's... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Judi said...

Hi Julie
Oh I've never seen an edge of a garden like that..*lol*... Well your hubby has work to do so that you can get it finished.
Your plants are coming up nicely...yum.
Hope all's well and you are enjoying your grand kids too..
*hugs*
Judi

Teri C said...

Awesome idea and great recycling.

mrbrownthumb said...

This looks really cool and I like the look of the brown bottles. Can't wait to see how it looks finished. maybe you should halve a couple of kegs and make them into planters to go with your beer garden ;0)

tina said...

Love it! The labels add a special touch.

yoon see said...

Very effective use of beer bottles!
Yahoo! So creative and neat arrangement & decor Julie!
You are queen of garden beer now!

messyfish said...

excellent! I am thinking thats alot of beer, till I read only 2 bottles a day! I like the labels. They have a graphic designer touch