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« on: July 27, 2019 11:40:48 AM »

I nearly titled this project: The wino's garden aka I am too busy drinking to go out and water things Cheesy LOL!
But really, it's reduce, reuse, recycle with that last one being the least helpful in the grand scheme of things. Since it's not likely I'll be reducing the number of wine bottles that collect in our recycle bin, I thought a little diversion in order. Plus it's been a scorcher of a summer and the plants really wilt if you miss a day of watering. Sometimes I really am too busy, and not always because I'm drinking Cheesy.


Taking the labels off can be a pain in the bum, it's fine to leave them on.

Hammer some holes into the lids with a sharp, pointy nail. Remove and discard the inner lining. (This turned out to be too many holes! The water  drained out too quickly. Try 1 or 2 holes & check the moisture level of your soil.)


It's working, see the bubbles? I actually think they look so nice and extra bonus, the wee divot on the bottom can be filled with water too for a teensy bee bath/drinking pond. I will put a little stone or marble in there to keep our buzy friends from drowning.


Sadly, a couple of the bottles worked too well and all the water leaked out of them in just a couple of hours. The rest though are still mostly full so I'll keep watch on the moisture level in those pots and count them a win if the basil comes back to life, it was seriously dehydrated by the time I managed to complete this simple project.
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2019 01:02:14 PM »

Great reuse! Love the idea for the bee and butterfly bath/water dish! Thanks for reminding about helping them not drown, too.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2019 06:35:59 PM »

This is a great idea!
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2019 03:55:37 AM »

I bet you could do some creative painting or mosaic or glue glass marbles... I don't know why I have'nt thought of this!  great work
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2019 10:43:01 AM »

This is such a smart idea!
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2019 10:54:53 AM »

Thanks all! FYI clear bottles look pretty but darker glass prevents algae growth in the water due to blocking out sunlight.

I bet you could do some creative painting or mosaic or glue glass marbles...

That would be a good way to cover labels rather than removing them. More fun too!
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