How to Reuse Plastic Soda Bottles in the Garden

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How to Reuse Plastic Soda Bottles in the Garden
Plastic soda bottles can be recycled in the garden. (water bottle image by Radu Razvan from

Plastic soda bottles have a several uses when it comes to gardening. These uses are functional, convenient and can be cost-effective recycling projects for adults and children alike, as well as allow for vegetable and herb gardening in apartments that have no backyards.

Growing Plants

The tops of large soda bottles can be cut off, with the bottom end filled with potting soil and plant seeds. Herbs like basil, parsley, thyme or rosemary and even vegetables like carrots and beets can be planted and allowed to mature before harvesting. This method allows the plants to be easily transported and protects them from pests that might eat them, and the bottle can act as a starter pot for larger veggies that need to be sprouted indoors. Poke small holes in the bottom of the soda bottle to allow water to drain out.

Drip Irrigation System

There are several products available that promise to water your plants for you by providing a steady stream of water as plants need it. However, you can save money and recycle at the same time by transforming a soda bottle, as long as it still has a cap. Poke about eight holes in the cap, large enough for water to drip through effectively. Cut off the bottom of the bottle, and plant the bottle cap side down into the dirt next to plants, about covering it about halfway. This bottle can be filled with water from above, and it will provide plants with water as they need it without the inconvenience of having to water them yourself each day.

Miniature Greenhouse

The top of a soda bottle can be cut off, and the bottom of the soda bottle can be places upside down over small or young plants. This will act as a miniature greenhouse, and protect the plant from pests at the same time. Alternatively, the bottom can be cut off while the plant is planted in a small container, and then the top of the bottle can be placed over that.

Slug Traps

Slugs are a common garden pest, but luckily they're attracted to the smell of beer. An open soda bottle can be filled with beer and placed on its side in the garden. The slugs will climb into the bottle through the opening to get to the beer, but fall in and drown.

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