Garbage in My House is the Mother of Invention

So I have a vice I’m not particularly proud of: soda.

I drink a lot of it. Mostly because the hours I work are weird and without the sweet kiss of caffeine and high fructose corn syrup I’d be a zombie. This leads to a lot of plastic soda bottles. Now you can be a normal person or recycle them, or an obsessive compulsive gardener and try to figure out a way to use them. Since I began writing for P-Mag I always try to figure out new ways to save space in the garden, or new ways to garden without using any traditional green space.

And this week I thought of something new! Soda bottle string trellises for beans and peas. Its simplicity is what makes it so effective; all you need is  a plastic bottle, several feet of twine, some soil, a knife, and a bean or pea.

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Drawing of a soda bottle filled partway with dirt, hanging from a string, with a bean plant.
So here’s the deal. I can’t find my camera. I don’t want us to get sued by Photoshopping some random soda bottle. So I MS’d the final design. Don’t judge me, I HAVE FAT FINGERS. Also don’t cut a smiley face into the bottle? That was for flair.
  • Essentially all you do is cut a hole in the upper section of the bottle (maybe about a quarter of the section) right up to the cap.
  • Poke a small hole about an inch from the bottom of the bottle. This will keep the plant from getting waterlogged.
  • Take the cap off and run the twine through the hole and the neck, tying a small knot.
  • Fill the bottle with soil up to the base of the freshly cut hole. Plant your bean.
  • Hang your bottle anywhere you want where your bean, pea, or whatever vining plant you want will get enough sun.

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You’re done!

The beauty of this is that the string itself acts as the trellis (in theory, mine isn’t far along yet to say definitively, but this isn’t a double blind study) You can hang rows of these on your patio. You can hang them on a nearby tree (since peas can do well in shade) Literally anywhere you have a few feet of vertical space and a few hours of sunlight, you can now grow plants with nothing more than a handful of dirt and a soda bottle.

4 thoughts on “Garbage in My House is the Mother of Invention”

  1. What a great idea! Since I’m in a basement apartment, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do much with this idea for now, but I will tuck it away for future reference! Also, I love your drawing! It reminds me of Allie Brosh’s style on Hyperbole and a Half. :)

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