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Old 10-25-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Do you guys think that this is safe to do?


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Old 01-26-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: denison,tx
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Do you guys think that this is safe to do?
that idea looks really interesting...could work for herbs maybe...
I/we use the plastic bottles for growing seedlings for transplanting--cut
bottle in half, add potting soil, plant seeds, use the top for a greenhouse
type individual cover. Takes a little snipping to get the tapered end to sit inside the base to act as a cover.
We also use the bottles for watering containers in the center of a planter. again cut the top part of the bottle off, poke holes in the bottle,
set in the center of a large planter, plant flowers etc. around it then fill with water. gets water to the roots as necessary, helps to conserve water when necessary.
the 2 or 3 liter bottles can be used as covers around seedlings in the garden bed, as protection from wind etc. Just cut the bottoms off,
and set over seedlings that are coming up.I(f you leave them on the plants during the daytime you should take the screw cap off to allow
air to get in as condensation may form from the heat. put the cap back on at night to help hold in the heat if temps. are dropping overnight.
could also be used as an insect barrier around the plants as they grow.
For that just cut the top and bottom off then use the remaining cylinder
as a sheild for cutworms etc. that might attack the plants.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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that idea looks really interesting...could work for herbs maybe...
I/we use the plastic bottles for growing seedlings for transplanting--cut
bottle in half, add potting soil, plant seeds, use the top for a greenhouse
type individual cover. Takes a little snipping to get the tapered end to sit inside the base to act as a cover.
We also use the bottles for watering containers in the center of a planter. again cut the top part of the bottle off, poke holes in the bottle,
set in the center of a large planter, plant flowers etc. around it then fill with water. gets water to the roots as necessary, helps to conserve water when necessary.
the 2 or 3 liter bottles can be used as covers around seedlings in the garden bed, as protection from wind etc. Just cut the bottoms off,
and set over seedlings that are coming up.I(f you leave them on the plants during the daytime you should take the screw cap off to allow
air to get in as condensation may form from the heat. put the cap back on at night to help hold in the heat if temps. are dropping overnight.
could also be used as an insect barrier around the plants as they grow.
For that just cut the top and bottom off then use the remaining cylinder
as a sheild for cutworms etc. that might attack the plants.
So I take it by that response, the plastic doesn't necessarily interfere with the seed growing?
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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Do you guys think that this is safe to do?
First of all, it's really cool that you're wanting to get started in gardening. You'll love it! A huge amount of what you'll be doing, is learning as you go - which is part of the fun of gardening.

Regarding your picture... That would work for some herbs, and other small plants. The problem is that you've got such a small amount of soil in those bottles, that it won't grow too much. And you'll have to water it daily.


Enjoy the ride!
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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An equally garden-y thing to do with the bottles is to make a tacky "bottle tree." All the best gawdners own a bottle tree. My family thinks I'm an alcoholic, but there's a valid reason for my drinking all that vodka.

I'm saving up my Belvedere bottles for my own tree. I bet plastic bottles could make a really bodacious (or horrific) bottle tree.

I am not sure of the veracity of the following, but here's a little info. about bottle trees:
Appalachian History The bottle tree
Bottle Trees Join Grand Tradition of Pink Flamingos, Garden Gnomes - WSJ.com
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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An equally garden-y thing to do with the bottles is to make a tacky "bottle tree." All the best gawdners own a bottle tree. My family thinks I'm an alcoholic, but there's a valid reason for my drinking all that vodka.

I'm saving up my Belvedere bottles for my own tree. I bet plastic bottles could make a really bodacious (or horrific) bottle tree.

I am not sure of the veracity of the following, but here's a little info. about bottle trees:
Appalachian History The bottle tree
Bottle Trees Join Grand Tradition of Pink Flamingos, Garden Gnomes - WSJ.com
Thank you for those links. I will be checking them out!
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Have any of you ever used old railroad ties to raise up your garden bed? I am thinking about trying it out.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Have any of you ever used old railroad ties to raise up your garden bed? I am thinking about trying it out.
I wouldn't recommend it as I believe those may be treated w/ toxic chemicals. You could try cedar from the local box store or lumber yard.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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I wouldn't recommend it as I believe those may be treated w/ toxic chemicals. You could try cedar from the local box store or lumber yard.
Thanks
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