soda bottle garden....please help

kawaiineko_gardener(5a)April 11, 2013

I stumbled across this idea on the internet.

I am wondering what can be planted in the soda bottles. They would basically be the normal sized pop bottles (not the ones sold in 6 packs)

I don't plan on planting anything that is going to get really big (like tomatoes, eggplants etc.) in them.

Below is a list of what I have in mind; I don't know if the stuff can be planted in them, that's why I'm asking.

Pak Choi (small/baby variety, Mei Quing choi)
Lettuce (mini heads)

Chinese cabbage (baby/mini varieties; can be planted 8"-12" apart when thinned; one variety I have is only 10-18 oz. at maturity)

Peas-n-a-pot (only 10" tall at maturity; requires no staking)

endive (variety used will be eros)
escarole (keystone is variety I'll be using)
kale (dwarf siberian)
broccoli raab
water cress

herbs (dill, cilantro, chives, catnip, basil, oregano; basil is a bush type)

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sutremaine(UK S.Wales 9)

How about carrots?

Will you be using 2 litre bottles, or some other size? If you're using gritty mix, the bottom of a half-gallon bottle will be as aerated as the bottom of a half-gallon pot, so no worries about useable container volume. I don't know if plants with strongly horizontal root systems will grow just as strongly vertically if they don't have any other option, but if they do then you can grow in a half-gallon bottle the same way as in a half-gallon pot.

I use pop bottles for Haworthias mostly, and I've just put a couple of Lophs into a large bottle. The Haworthias would do fine in a regular pot large enough to be deep enough for their roots, but I don't have enough mix for that. The Lophs would probably explode with that much air and water available to the roots.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 8:38PM
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I'm also interested in this idea ... can someone respond on their experiences/predictions on planting salad greens in 2L soda bottles? Of course, they can be cut down. I am interested in my students starting up salad greens to take home for the summer. Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 11:39PM
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