Do Not Throw Your Soda Bottles: Make A Vertical Garden With Them!
Have you ever been in a situation where you realize you don’t have enough space in your garden?
It’s frustrating isn’t it? Well, we found a solution to help you make the best out of your space in your garden – by growing plants vertically. It is a method of drip-irrigating garden towers by using backing soda bottles. Yes, you got that one right!
We guarantee it will work wherever you put it, and soon, you will be able to grow your veggies, small herbs or flowers.
Follow these 4 easy steps given below, and learn how to do it:
Step #1: First, make the base for the tower
- Cut the base of a soda bottle but have in mind to make the cut where the label ends, in order for the tiny bit of the bottom curve will be preserved. Then, discard the base of the bottle.
- Then pierce two drainage holes using scissors, around 3 inches above the cap. Remember to do it on the opposite sides. They shouldn’t be bigger than the diameter of a Bic ball-point pen.
- Put the potting mix in the bottle, then compost and press the soil in lightly. Leave 1 inch space at the top.
- Tie the base of the tower on a supporting structure. It can be a chain-link fencing or some wire with twines.
Step #2: Build the tower levels
- Just like you did with the base, now cut the bottom off a bottle. Then discard the cap.
- Put soil in the bottle, and just like for the base, reserve 1 inch of space at the top.
- Case the bottle on top of the base, afterwards tie it on.
- Repeat this 1-3 times, the number of times depends on how tall you want it to be.
Step # 3: Create a drip-irrigation system
- Cut the bottle in half, in the middle toward the top. This should be shorter than the others and will present the funnel for watering.
- Place the funnel on the top of the tower, and firmly nest the soil of the level below.
- Cut the bottle of the last bottle, just like you did before for the base, and tower levels. This will be the bottle for watering.
- Pierce with a nail, or make a tiny hole and then replace the cap.
- Put the watering bottle on top of the funnel, and tie (optionally) it down.
Step # 4: It’s time to plant and grow
You need to cut 3 lines in each soil ( use a box cutter), just as if you are drawing the top and the sides of the square. (each side should be 1.5-2 inches) Don’t cut the bottom of the square, but fold down the flap.
- Poke a hole, and insert a small seedling or seeds. Fill the watering bottle every couple of days, as needed.
And, you are good to go!
You need some ideas of what to plant? Well, here are some easy starters. This method can work for growing little veggies such as:
- dandelion greens (taraxacum)
- beans or
Also it is advisable to try out some various herbs or medicinal plants:
- marigolds and
- zinnias (they are both great).
- If the watering bottle ceases to drip,you should check the drainage hole in the cap for clogging.
- Try to add a little sand to the watering bottle, in order to slow the drip rate and allow efficient watering.
A list of things you will need for your “vertical feat”:
- 5 or more 2-liter soda bottles
- Box cutter or knife
- A pair of scissors
- Twine or baling wire (about 3 feet)
- Chain link fence, wire frame, or other supporting structure
- 3 or more seedlings, or seeds for 3+ plants
Now, you can enjoy in your private garden with lots of precious foods!
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