How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

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How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Are you in a position where you aren’t able to use your garden enough?

It can be frustrating, isn’t? We have a solution. Vertical gardening allows you to make the most of the space in your garden. This is a way to drip-irrigate garden towers using backing soda bottles. You got it right!

It will work anywhere you place it. Soon, you’ll be able grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers.

These are the four steps that will help you do it.

Step 1: Make the base of the tower.

  • To preserve the little bit of curve at the bottom, you can cut the base of a soda container. Next, take out the base.
  • Next, use scissors to make two drainage holes about 3 inches above your cap. Make sure you do this on both sides. They should not be larger than the diameter of a Bic Ball-Point Pen.
  • Place the potting mixture in the container. Then, compost the soil and lightly press it in. You should leave 1 inch of space between the top and the bottom.
  • Attach the tower’s base to a support structure. You can use a wire with twines or chain-link fencing.

Step 2: Make the tower levels

  • Now, cut the top off the bottle just as you did with its base. Next, remove the cap.
  • Place soil in the bottle and, just as for the base of the bottle, leave 1 inch at the top.
  • After placing the bottle on the base, tie it around.
  • This can be repeated 1-3 times depending on how tall you want it.

Step #3: Set up a drip irrigation system

  • Then, cut the bottle in half. This will make the funnel easier to water.
  • Place the funnel at the top of your tower and nestle the soil below.
  • Just like for the base and tower levels, cut the last bottle. This is the bottle that will be used for watering.
  • Use a nail to poke the cap or make a small hole.
  • Place the watering can on top of the funnel and tie it (optionally).

Step #4: Now it’s time for you to plant and grow!

Each soil should be cut along 3 lines (use a box cutter), as if you were drawing the top and sides of the square. Each side should measure 1.5-2 inches.

  • Make a hole in the soil and place a seedling. As needed, refill the watering can every two days.

You are now good to go!

Hints

Do you need ideas on what plants to plant? Here are some ideas.
This technique can be used to grow small vegetables such as:

  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Taraxacum dandelion greens
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Beans or
  • peas

It is also a good idea to experiment with different herbs and medicinal plants.

  • Aloe vera
  • Parsley
  • mint
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Marigolds and
  • Zinnias are great for both their beauty and health.
  • You should inspect the drainage hole of the cap if the watering bottle stops dripping.
  • To slow down the drip rate and ensure efficient watering, add some sand to your watering container.

Here’s a list of items you will need to accomplish your “vertical feat”.

  • 5-liter or more 2-liter cans of soda
  • Box cutter or knife
  • A pair of scissors
  • Baling or twine (approximately 3 feet).
  • Chain link fence, wire frame or another supporting structure
  • Three or more seedlings or seeds for three or more plants

You can now enjoy your garden with many delicious foods!

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How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

A limited garden area doesn’t mean you can’t have a kitchen garden of your own! A vertical gardening needs so little space it can even be done on a balcony or against a wall!

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

This example is very easy to make, requires very little maintenance and will cost you next to nothing to set up!

All you need are is a vertical space and some empty plastic, BPA-free liter bottles!

This vertical plastic bottle garden, or what the owner calls the ‘bottle tower’, is definitely one of the clever solutions for small space gardening. With this design, space is maximized to produce as many healthy, organic herbs and vegetables as possible with very efficient use of water. Here, almost no water evaporates and therefore it requires less watering than a regular garden.

You can grow all the herbs you want and other plants that can live in small pots in this vertical garden. It is also a nice way to grow flowers to add colour to your home, such as morning glories!

It’s very cheap, easy to build and low maintenance – what more can you ask for?

Want to learn how to build one? Just head over to the link provided below! And oh, don’t miss our album of other vertical plastic bottle garden ideas for more inspiration. 🙂

Materials:

  • Lots of Soda Bottles
  • Plants of choice
  • Sand
  • Potting Soil
  • Binding Wire

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Garden Trowel
  • Cutter

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How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Thanks to Willem Van Cotthem for this great project. You can watch the step-by-step instructions here:

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

A limited garden area doesn’t mean you can’t have a kitchen garden of your own! A vertical gardening needs so little space it can even be done on a balcony or against a wall!

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

This example is very easy to make, requires very little maintenance and will cost you next to nothing to set up!

All you need are is a vertical space and some empty plastic, BPA-free liter bottles!

This vertical plastic bottle garden, or what the owner calls the ‘bottle tower’, is definitely one of the clever solutions for small space gardening. With this design, space is maximized to produce as many healthy, organic herbs and vegetables as possible with very efficient use of water. Here, almost no water evaporates and therefore it requires less watering than a regular garden.

You can grow all the herbs you want and other plants that can live in small pots in this vertical garden. It is also a nice way to grow flowers to add colour to your home, such as morning glories!

It’s very cheap, easy to build and low maintenance – what more can you ask for?

Want to learn how to build one? Just head over to the link provided below! And oh, don’t miss our album of other vertical plastic bottle garden ideas for more inspiration. 🙂

Materials:

  • Lots of Soda Bottles
  • Plants of choice
  • Sand
  • Potting Soil
  • Binding Wire

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Garden Trowel
  • Cutter

Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Thanks to Willem Van Cotthem for this great project. You can watch the step-by-step instructions here:

This way you can use plastic bottles to make something amazing out of them. Repurpose those old bottles, which you usually throw away to grow your favorite plants either indoor or outdoor and help to save our environment.

Here are 10 inspiring plastic bottle vertical garden ideas to make a vertical soda bottle garden.

1. Plastic Bottles on Walls

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Follow this amazing idea for growing small leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, fenugreek and spinach, herbs and medicinal plants. This plastic bottle vertical garden is made of by stringing the bottles horizontally in a grid along an interior wall, which then filled up by substrate and herbs.

2. Plastic Bottle Tower Garden

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

A remarkable kitchen garden with plastic bottles with minimal means and efforts. It can be set up easily and does not require regular watering. Here is the tutorial with more images of it.

3. Growing Cactus in Hanging Plastic Bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Do you want to create a low maintenance vertical soda bottle garden? Follow this idea. All that is required is bottles cut in half, cactus plants or succulents, and many colorful threads to get a really cool decorative effect. Here is the complete tutorial.

4. Half Plastic Bottle Vertical Garden on Wooden Frame

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Use two-liter soda bottles, cut them in half and use the neck side. Turn them upside down. Adhere the bottles to a wooden frame and arrange them in such a way so that the open neck of the bottle will drain out the water into the bottle below it.

Follow this tutorial to find out more about this garden project.

5. Green Soda Bottle Vertical Garden

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Here’s an another idea to create a vertical garden using the plastic bottles. It is a great way to reuse old plastic bottles and to introduce some greenery to a small urban space.

6. Another Vertical Garden

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

One more wonderful idea to make use of plastic bottles, more useful if you don’t have much space on the ground.

7. Plastic Bottles Hanging on Net

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Another useful idea on using plastic bottles vertically.

8. Hanging Soda Bottle Garden

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Another innovative and great looking plastic bottle vertical garden. Bottles are hanging horizontally, attached through the strings.

9. Pyramid Plastic Bottle Garden

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

A vertical pyramid garden made of plastic bottles.

10. Window Farm

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

If you love DIY ideas and you have a green thumb then starting a windowfarm is a smart idea. A windowfarm will let you do a lot with the little amount of space you have. The indoorwindowfarms allows the crops to take full advantage of the light and vertical space available at the windows. Here in this PDF, you will find all the instructions on how to build a Window Farm.

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

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Plastic bottles become recyclable resources that keep giving when they are used to create a vertical garden. Any number of bottles can be strung together and hung against a wall, a fence or porch railing, creating a garden even in an area where ground space is scarce. Choose plastic bottles that are fairly thick and durable, such as 2-liter beverage bottles, rather than thin water bottles, which may tear under the weight of soil, plants and water. The plastic bottles need to be clean with their caps secured and their labels removed.

Hold one plastic bottle on its side. Cut a large, rectangular opening along the bottle’s side by puncturing the plastic with the tip of a craft knife, twisting the knife to enlarge the hole and using scissors to finish the job. The process is a bit like cutting the top off a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern. The bottle’s side with the rectangular opening is now the center of the bottle’s new top.

Twist the tip of the craft knife to poke one hole on one side of the rectangular opening and another hole on the other side of the rectangular opening. Poke two more small holes on the other side of the bottle so those holes are directly under the other two holes you just made. Afterward, two top holes and two bottom holes will align with each other.

Poke one or two more holes along the side of the bottle that doesn’t have the rectangular opening. That hole, or those holes, will allow water to drain from the bottle.

Run one long piece of durable twine through two holes that align with each other on one side of the bottle’s rectangular opening, leaving a few feet of twine sticking out of the bottle to secure it in the vertical garden. Place another piece of twine through the two holes that align with each other on the other side of the bottle’s rectangular opening, and keep a few feet of that twine sticking out of the bottle. Tie a knot in each piece of twine where it exits the bottle’s bottom, which is the side that doesn’t have the rectangular opening. Add a plastic or metal washer above each knot if necessary to add strength. Washers will help prevent the bottle from sliding over the knots.

Create at least one additional plastic bottle planter by following the procedure you used to create the first bottle planter, but adjust the length of the second bottle planter’s twine so the second bottle planter will hang 16 to 24 inches below the first bottle planter in the vertical garden. The distance provides room for plants in the planter to grow. Make as many bottle planters as you’d like to include in one vertical garden set, adding bottle planters until the vertical garden column is as long as you want it to be. Trim the final planter’s excess bottom twine with scissors.

Position one plant seedling, along with its surrounding potting soil, in each bottle planter. Add potting soil to fill the bottom of each bottle planter so the soil is at least 1 inch deep.

Hang the vertical bottle planter by tying the top of each twine piece over a porch railing or tree branch, or by securing it to a hook mounted to an exterior wall.

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Vertical gardens, really? This weekend I went on the Modern Architecture tour of homes here in Atlanta—after the 6th or 7th house, they were starting to look pretty identical; sharp angles, grayish colors, stone floors, and lots of glass. One feature caught my attention, however—so many of them had vertical gardens or living roofs. I was jealous. Why should these people have them and not me? Sure, they probably hired a landscaper to make the most perfect garden, but, I can have this too if I make it myself.

After seeing my tweet, several friends asked me how I put the garden together. I read several DIY posts before starting, but I wasn’t really pleased with how any of them looked. I come from the camp of people who like DIY projects but don’t want them to look like unskilled DIY projects. You’ll never see me hanging earrings on a used cheese grater, for example.

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

I started with 16 soda bottles—most of these were nasty Special K sodas I bought for $.79 each (sure beats $4 each for a flower pot) and dumped all of the soda out. One bottle was club soda, which is delicious, and I used a little to make some mojitos while I worked.

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

I drilled a hole in the cap so that water would be able to drain through.

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Then, I tore the label off from the side. How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

I cut the bottom off of the bottle (as shown in the diagram above) and used my little drill to make two holes in the sides. This is to tie the bottle to the fence, but can help with drainage as well.

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Once the holes were drilled, I grabbed some twine and tied each bottle to the fence. You don’t have to use a fence—most people use a wooden shipping pallet. I found this fence in the shed of my rental house, and figured it was cute enough to do the job. I also conveniently found some hooks that were perfect.

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Now, here, you can trim the twine to make it look nice—I left mine long and just tucked it in the back, in case I need to move these later and don’t want to add all new twine.How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

Fill up the bottle partially with soiled—the plants do come in their own soil, but need some extra to grow big. I found a potting soil designed for planting in containers and figured it couldn’t hurt.

Next, I carefully placed my plants (cilantro, in this picture) into the bottle. The potted plants are roughly the same width as the bottle, so it takes a little bit of coaxing to get it in without ruining the herb.

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Gently pack some more soil around the sides, and that’s it!How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

So far, we have tomato, jalapeno peppers, bee palm, aloe, eggplant, sage, lettuce, and cilantro planted. I need to figure out what to do with the rest of the spaces!

Vertical Garden Recap:

1. Either buy 2-liter soda bottles for cheap, or collect them from your friends for free.

2. Wash out the bottles, remove the label, cut the bottom off

3. Drill a hole near the top, and a hole near the bottom

4. Feed twine through the holes, tie to fence/wooden pallet

5. Add plants (or seeds, if you’re adventurous)

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles courtesy of https://www.home-dzine.co.za Do you like building stuff in your yard?

Check out this super simple (and cool) plywood vertical garden. You might even be able to make it using materials you already have and just recycle them!

When I saw this home-made vertical garden, I was impressed because of its simplicity – yet it looked very functional and easy-to-make. As you can see, it’s basically made with a piece of plywood and cut-up plastic soda bottles. Brilliant!

What a great idea to use as a vertical herb garden – but there’s no reason why you couldn’t plant regular plants like annuals, perennials or plain old greenery. Plants that grow big and bushy can hide the plastic bottle planters completely (ie spider plants), and if you paint the plywood backing, people might never even notice that your unique living wall garden is homemade…

Even though this planter has a single column of 5 growing containers, there is no reason why you couldn’t take this concept and use a wider with several columns and rows of plants. Now that could be a really gigantic herb garden that requires no backyard.

Another idea is to make this an indoor vertical garden similar to the indoor pocket planter idea, but handcrafted. The instructions below include the soda bottles without the caps, allowing for drainage. However, if your plants don’t require drainage and you’d like to hang your garden indoors, you could always leave the caps on…

Materials Needed:

  • A piece of plywood cut to the size you want
  • Empty 2-liter plastic bottles (water bottles, soda bottles, whatever)
  • Small screws or tacks
  • Weed fabric of netting
  • Potting soil and plants
  • Sandpaper (if you want to sand the wood)
  • Paint or stain (if you want to paint or stain the wood)
  • Picture hooks and concrete nails (if you want to hang your planter on a wall)

As you can see, you don’t need many materials, and some of them you might already have. You don’t even have to hang your garden – as plywood can easily be leaned up against a wall or sturdy fence.

5 Steps to Make Your Homemade Vertical Garden:

1. The first step is to prepare your wood back frame by cutting, sanding and staining/painting it. Add the picture hooks as well and test out where you want to position your vertical garden.

2. Second, cut off the top third or half of the plastic bottles to be used to hold your plants. Scissors work fine, or you can use a utility knife too. The size you make your planters will depend mainly on the size of your plants – and how much space they need for their roots.

3. Third, fasten the newly-cut bottle planters to the plywood back using the screws or tacks. One screw will work fine, but using 2 will make it more secure and hold the containers in place better.

4. Fourth, cut a small square (or circle) of weed fabric or netting to cover the base of the bottle. I’d say about 4″ x 4″ would work fine. This will prevent soil from falling out the bottom of the bottle planters.

5. Fifth, fill the bottles with soil and plants, leaving a small space at the top so that water doesn’t automatically overflow when the plants are watered. Say a 1/2 inch or so.

That’s it! Of course, if you want to make your planter larger or more fancy, go for it! You can even make multiple columns and position them side-by-side along a wall to create a sophisticated stylish design.

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How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

It’s nice to see people become more concerned about their health, and plant their own fruits, veggies, herbs, etc.

But, we always need some extra space in our garden, and some of us are “lucky” enough to live in a small apartment. So, what can we do to change this?

We suggest that you try our awesome idea, and use every bit of your porch and garden. All you have to do is grow your plants vertically! Yes, you got that one right.

We’ll teach you how to make your drip-irrigating garden towers using soda bottles. In this way you’ll be able to grow your herbs, small veggies, and flowers.

Just follow our simple instructions, and enjoy your private garden:

Step 1: Make the base for your tower

  • Cut out the base of a soda bottle, but make sure you preserve some of the bottom curve, so the bottles “nest” together well. Get rid of the base.
  • Pierce two drainage holes on the opposite sides of the bottle, preferably three inches off the cap. Use scissors to do that. Remember, you need tiny holes.
  • Add in your potting mixture, compost or garden soil, and press lightly. Don’t fill your bottle to the top, leave an inch of free space.
  • Secure the base of your vertical tower onto a fence or wires.

Step 2: Build your tower

  • Do the same with your other bottles. Remove the cap as well.
  • Fill the bottle with soil, and again, leave an inch of free space.

How to build a vertical garden from soda bottles

  • Nest the bottle onto the base, and secure it.
  • Repeat this with 1-3 bottles.

Step 3: It’s time to “build” the drip-irrigation system

Cut a soda bottle in half, preferably a midway to the cap. This will be your watering funnel.

Place it on top of your vertical tower, and “nest” it firmly in the soil.

Cut the bottom of your last bottle, and now you have your watering bottle.

Make a one mm hole in the cap.

Place your watering bottle onto the funnel.

Step 4: It’s planting time!

Draw a square onto each bottle, and cut the top and the sides of your 2-inch square. The uncut bottom side will help you hold the soil in.

Poke a hole, and plant your seeds or seedling. Fill your watering bottle every few days.

Your vertical planting tower is ready!

If you need a few ideas on what to plant, check our suggestions:

Veggies:

  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Dandelion greens (taraxacum)
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Beans
  • Pees

Herbs:

  • Aloe
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Oregano

Flowers:

  • Marigold
  • Zinnias

If your watering bottle doesn’t drip, it may be clogged. You may also need to check the drainage hole in its cap. Add some sand to the watering bottle to slow the dripping. This will provide a gradual and efficient watering. Nice!

Here’s the list of item you need for your vertical planting towel:

  • 5 (or more) 2-liter soda bottles
  • Box cutter/Knife
  • Scissors
  • Twine / Baling wire (3 feet)
  • Chain link fence / Wire frame / Other supporting structure
  • 3 seedlings / Seeds for your plants