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« on: January 25, 2008 12:05:16 PM »

So late last summer I started a new small garden out side of my room. it's about 15'x20'. It has a brick wall on one side dividing our house from our neighbors, chain link between the front and backyard, the house on the other (which has my favorite windows. The only crank windows in the house) and my makeshift hog fence with a child's bed spring for the gate. Doesn't look the best but it keeps the bigger dogs out. Once my vine covers the fence it will be hidden and the spring frame I think I will pop out the middle and use thin wood planks.
Anyhow my question... I want to put in a small walk way. I thought about using one of our rolls of roofing material (roll a roof), it has tiny stones that are tared together. Nice because it holds up a long time if you take the time to level the dirt for the path. But then I was thinking about using the bottom of beer bottles. I would cut off one to two inches from the bottom and press them into the ground. I think it would look nice, cute, and a bit out of the ordinary. Especially with the bit of green glass here and there. I think I would add a beer bottle birdbath/fountain in the ground as well. I would use a wide plastic bucket I have, that I think I would feel with 2mm plastic bbs for good water flow and to help hold bottles. I would place a pump and the add inverted bottles to make a shallow concaved pond. I was wondering what everyone thought about this idea? I can manage collecting the bottles over a pretty short period. but it is still a lot of work. A straight path will take more then 400 bottles. So thats 400 that need to be cut and pressed into the ground. I don't mind the work, but wanted to know what others thought before I entered such a large job.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008 12:28:39 PM »

WOuld you just press them into the dirt? I would be afraid that they might pop up and you could get gut. How about using them as the edging to the path?

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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 06:47:34 AM »

I think the idea is nice, though I imagined something different reading the topic "beer garden"
I thought you ould plant hops and grain and have something with water, so you had all beer ingredients together.

If you want to try, just make the edging as balkandina says or try an make stepstones out of some bottle bottoms grouped together.
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2008 11:08:23 AM »

Haha, I thought the same thing paramecium did about the topic "beer garden" - my husband is intent on us home-brewing sometime soon.

Anyway, I've read a lot about the bottle stepping stones, and I thought they would just be too slippery.  I did end up edging one of my gardens with upside down bottles (uncut) and it looks pretty cool.  Once I can post pictures here, I'll post one!

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2008 06:47:09 PM »

Sounds like an awesome idea, but I see two problems. Packing them too tight might make the path slippery/hard to walk on so I'd suggest leaving space between them and putting decorative sand, rocks or really short groundcover plants between them.

The other problem concerns winter. Frozen ground and freezing/melting of water and snow will crack the glass Sad

Still I thinks it's really unique if you pull it off.
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2009 01:11:50 AM »

Man I was gone for a long time. A true beer garden is a good idea, but it wont work in that area... however I do have a lot of land to work with. An archway out of hops would be awesome.

I had a lot of things come up this past year with older family members that needed a lot of my time, so I did none of the things I had hoped. I think I will line the garden with bottles. The freezing thing isn't much of a problem. It hardly ever gets low enough, I live in so cal so my biggest problem is too much heat killing my plants in summer. The slipping part does seem like an issue though. Thanks (I'm a little late) for all the insight you guys.

Oh and my brother does home brewing and enjoys it. Kinda expensive to start, but worth it if you love it right?
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2009 02:35:23 AM »

This may be an old thread BUTTTTTTT... apartment therapy just featured something like this recently and I thought it looked awesome!  They use upside down bottles as a garden path border.  In the comments, some people suggest filling them with dirt or rocks so they stay put or don't break as easily.



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