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.

Radicchio
Sorrel
Arugula
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)

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

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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balconygirl(6a)

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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