I love the challenge of recycling and reusing, and wine bottles is a favourite thing of mine to use in the garden. It takes awhile to collect the blue bottles but the green is fairly common for wine bottles. A feature in my garden is my bottle tree.
It has had a few different transformations over the years. It started out on a lilac bush that just stopped growing so I trimmed it down and added the bottles and other things. After awhile that trunk just snapped away, which was expected as it was a dead tree.
It then got relocated to the fence garden and here it is one winter after some snow.
I’ve used coloured bottles in the making of teacup feeders/planters.
While visiting Sidney, British Columbia we found a lovely store called Dig This and it was wonderful to browse this store in January and dream of gardening. Of course I had to have something to bring home and I found a Plant Nanny, just the right size to fit into my suitcase. And it would be another way of repurposing wine bottles.
It is a terra cotta spike that you push into the ground or planter and then insert a wine bottle full of water. The water slowly seeps out through the terra cotta and keeps your plant from drying out. Just perfect for when you are away from your garden for a few days. I’ve been trying it out inside and it works really well.
I found out that they can be purchased at Lee Valley. I waited till they had a free shipping event to order some more to use in the veggie garden this spring. I can’t wait for gardening season. can you?
So now I’ve got a few different watering systems … water spikes, water bulbs, water dots, plant nannies and glass watering gloves. I use the glass watering globes with my inside plants. The water spikes have been well used as you can see from the faded ones that were once bright orange. I use these in my tipsy pots, one poked into each pot lets the water get right down to the roots. You can fit a 2 litre plastic bottle on them if you want. I had a set of water dots, great for putting at the bottom of a planter/pot as they soak up the water and release it over time.
Last year I tried out some water spikes/bulbs from Lee Valley. You sink them into the ground and fill them with water. The water escapes out the holes in the bulb part and gets right to the root of the plant. I use these beside my tomato plants to be sure the water gets right down to the roots.