Neck-Deep Phase I
Remember my Twisted Bush? The time had come to border that which had been tamed. Enter Pinterest and a stumbled-upon photo of a glass bottle border. We have glass bottles. Our neighbors have them. Everyone has them. I have two hands that know how to work and two thumbs as green as Marlboro Light Menthols. For me, glass seemed the perfect landscaping material. I knocked on my neighbors’ doors for their empties and got to work with little more planning than that.
I sorted the bottles by color; brown, (beer) dark green (wine) and bright green (sparkling water). Since I planned on getting them in the ground neck-deep for stability I didn’t worry about bottle height, only color. I started building quantity and pretty soon I could estimate a 4:1:1 ratio based on what we and our neighbors drank. No judgements. I didn’t count the bottles as I’m too
lazy proud tired. I merely eyeballed the three sorted bins and guessed. Guessing complete I started bringing them out to the yard.
Since I had cleared away all the underbrush earlier, the natural border between the dirt and the grass was obvious. I followed that organic line to keep things simple.
- Phase 1 – approximately 3 hours to install but at least 2 weeks of collecting
- Bottles free
- Baking soda $6
- TOTAL = $6
This bush has the smallest border. Phase II and III will take longer and then I’ve got to decide on fill (mulch? gravel?) and get it transferred. Note to self: BUY WHEELBARROW. I am very happy with the result. There was some worry it would look cheap but I believe sticking with a pattern (4:1:1) and keeping the colors in the natural spectrum (no blue Riesling wine bottles for example) negated that risk. I can’t wait until it’s done! I just hope I beat the snow.