Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bottoms Up

If there are 33 reasons to drink tea, there must be even more for wine. But here's one you may not have thought of: garden edging.

I first saw this creative recycling technique outside of a health food co-op in Savannah, GA. Originally I didn't think having glass on the ground was a good idea, but as anyone who's seen the nose bashing scene in Pan's Labyrinth knows, the butt of a bottle is actually quite strong.

To be more accurate this would technically fall under the "reuse" part of the earth friendly trinity. Think about it this way. You want a border around your garden. You have wine bottles that you need to get rid of. You don't want to give your neighbors the chance to judge you by the amount of empties in your recycling bin.

I installed this barrier around a friend's herb garden, and the effect was Pavlovian. One look at rosemary growing next that familiar green glass and you can't help but think of great meals.

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michellebe said...

I saw this type of garden edging at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales in 1999. I always thought it would be fun to try.

Trust me, wine bottles are strong. At BRP we used to put them into a 5 gallon bucket and smash them with a sledgehammer (while wearing appropriate safety goggles and gloves!) so we could put the broken glass in the bottom of votive holders. The kiln melts the glass and it re-crystallizes all sparkly. Sometimes I'd hit a bottle five or six times before it would break.

Magpie said...

LOL - we've been caring for our aged, ill mother and my job has been to keep the house in wine. We keep wondering when the neighbors or the garbage men are going to turn us in or something - the recycling bin is ALWAYS full of wine bottles. We may have to try this instead.

Aaron said...

Go for it!

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