Make your own Pop Bottle Pots (Topper’s Place)

Scrolling through  Linda TOPPER’s website I discovered a wonderful description of the way she makes “Pop Bottle Pots“.  Congratulations, Linda !

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Topper’s Place (see my Blogroll)

Go to the left column and click :

Pop Bottle Pots…


I’ve never been a rich person and mostly work too many hours. So I’ve had to learn to do things on a tight budget for both time and money.  I have done a lot of do-it-yourself projects. I’ve been making and using pop bottle pots for years… They aren’t in any way fancy, but they are cheap and fairly easy to make, and best of all, the plants love ’em! Believe it or not I even used them to line my front porch and planted Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes in them. By keeping the water reservoir filled with a very mild dilution of Miracle Grow and keeping the plants pruned I had a wall of cherry tomato plants just outside my front door, ready to pick snacks and the plants made a cool looking tall and slender ‘hedge’ giving me more privacy.


Pop Bottle Pot with Alpine Strawberry (18434 bytes) Here’s a finished pop bottle pot from in my greenhouse. I have a young alpine strawberry planted in it (click on it for a larger view). It’s sitting in front of some water jugs that were used for thermal storage in my solar greenhouse. I was testing to see if I got better production from warmer or cooler plants.


Continue reading Make your own Pop Bottle Pots (Topper’s Place)

Aspects of container gardening (Topper’s Place)

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Topper’s Place

Container Gardening…

Container gardening isn’t just for indoors… or just for indoor plants… or even just for flowering plants… Over the years I’ve enjoyed all types of gardening and love sharing my experiences and tricks. I hope that you find something that will make your container gardening more enjoyable – and less work / more fun!

Table of Contents

Limited only by your imagination, space and lighting
Love African Violets?
Alpine Strawberries
Container Grown Tomatoes
Last season’s Container Garden

Bottle gardening with kids (One Hour Craft)

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One Hour Craft Blog Archive

Lesson 1: How to Start a Garden (Easy and Great with Kids)


Pauline showed me a great way to grow seedlings and ignite your child’s (or your own interest in gardening). Keep in mind that this is only my first week of gardening, so learn with me. I love this tutorial because whether you live in a little flat in London or on a station outside of Meekatharra or are a teacher in a classroom, this is really easy and uses materials which you may already have. The first thing to do to grow a garden is to turn those little seeds that you buy into seedlings. I am inspired to use seedlings because they are cheap and also I think it is great for kids to see how a plant grows from a tiny seed… On with the tutorial… Continue reading Bottle gardening with kids (One Hour Craft)

Ideas to reuse plastic bottles (bradcalv / netspace)

Looking for all kinds of reuse possibilities of plastic (PET) bottles, I came across a list of 48 uses for PET bottles at the site :

Here are some of these uses related to plant growth or gardening: Continue reading Ideas to reuse plastic bottles (bradcalv / netspace)

Reuse and recycle plastic water PET bottles (Designboom)

Today, I discovered a magnificent publication on the reuse of plastic bottles.  Enjoy !

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Reuse and recycle plastic water pet bottles

Production of plastic water bottles increases.

Turn PET plastic bottles into amazing design objects.

From trash to treasure – august 2001 Continue reading Reuse and recycle plastic water PET bottles (Designboom)

An entire ecosystem inside two soda bottles (HGTV)

Here is an interesting publication on ways plants can be grown on or in a bottle, serving as an “aquarium”.  I find this once again a very nice way to “recycle” plastic (PET) bottles.  The publication is nicely illustrated.

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Science in a Bottle

Environmental expert Michael Fritzen explains how to build an entire ecosystem  inside two soda bottles. Continue reading An entire ecosystem inside two soda bottles (HGTV)

Bottle gardening : what’s in a name ? (Willem)

Looking for a maximum of information on growing plants in (or more precisely ON !) a bottle, I first went to Google with a search on “bottle gardening” and discovered that this technical term is also used as a synonym for “terrarium gardening“.

See for instance :—Design-and-Maintenance&id=15811

Bottle Gardening or Terrarium – Design and Maintenance
By Ravikumar Uppaluri Platinum Quality Author

“Bottle gardening can be taken up in many different shapes and sizes and one can even go for custom made glass containers of the size and shape of choice. But containers of the shape of a normal bottle with narrow neck are the most effective for bottle gardens as it helps in proper maintenance of humidity and also for the appearance when the garden gets established.”

The same idea is developed  in :

Something Different: Gardening in a Bottle!

by Fred Davis, MG, Hill Gardens of  Maine

A bottle garden is very much like a miniature greenhouse and, when completed and corked, can be totally self-sufficient under the right conditions. It should go without saying that such an enclosed environment is free of the usual drafts, fumes, variations in temperature and all the other hazards that can otherwise adversely affect houseplants.”

This kind of bottle gardens can be made with glass bottles or even with with plastic bottles, see for instance :




Greenweb’s “Gardening Glossary” is “providing a comprehensive listing of common and uncommon gardening terms, where one can find :

 “BOTTLE GARDEN — A form of terrarium in which a large and heavy glass container such as a carboy is used.”

Emilycompost is also providing a “Garden Glossary” at :

 where one finds :

BOTTLE GARDEN – A small terrarium created in a bottle. A miniature eco-system.”

This is somehow confirmed by Magpie : 

“A usually clear enclosure for keeping or raising plants or small animals indoors. Definition as written by Magpye:
Any transparent container with a cover so plants may grow. Sometimes called a bottle garden and in the early 1900’s Victorian era  called a Wardian case”. 

This is defined by Emilycompost as :

WARDIAN CASE – In the 19th century a plant explorer and collector by the name of Dr. Nathaniel Ward designed a glass case to transport his findings. He traveled between Australia and England. During the Victorian era often Wardian Cases were highlighted in the home. We now have terrariums and bottle gardens.


Thereby it became clear to me that “A bottle garden” (a terrarium) is something quite different from “Bottle gardening“, although literature is mixing the two definitions.

For me, a bottle garden is a miniature garden, set up in a terrarium-like bottle, while bottle gardening is a certain form of container gardening, namely on or inside a bottle (as one of the many materials used for container gardening).

When I am growing vegetables and young trees on plastic bottles, I am convinced to do some “bottle gardening“, although the plants are not growing inside the container filled with potting mix (only the roots do !).

I wonder what your idea is about all this confusing use of the term “bottle gardening“.