Friday, April 20, 2012

My Earth Day Project


With Earth Day around the corner, projects from those trying to do their part are cropping up here and there. This Nevada block "N" was created out of recycled water bottles in honor of UNR's Earth Week festivities.

 
As for me, I was inspired by a bottle garden on Urban Green Survival's blog.  Check out the blog post with a very helpful video and a photo of the finished project (then the next steps make make more sense to you.)
Supplies needed for bottle garden (click for larger image)
For SUPPLIES all you need is:
  1. a 2-liter plastic bottle and five or six small plastic bottles (used from work)
  2. a permanent marker and a pair scissors
  3. caulk (tub and tile sealant)
  4. planting medium (I got the 8 qt. vermiculite from a home improvement store for under $5)
  5. plant food (32 oz. herb and vegetable plant food for under $12)
  6. sponge (a dollar store is a great place to get cheap, plain sponge)
  7. herb seeds (such as cilantro, basil, parsley, etc.)

Click for larger image.
Then CUT the water bottles:
  1. I used one of the bottle caps as a template to draw five circles around the top of the 2-litter bottle with a permanent marker.  John drilled starter holes in the center of each of the five circles with a drill bit for me but you can easily use the sharp point of your scissors or something else to puncture a hole.  Then with the scissors, I cut along the permanent marker line (the cuticle scissors I used are perfect for the job because it has a curved tip).
  2. Cut the smaller bottles so they form a tray or a small planter like illustrations 3 and 4.
Again, if you watch the video and read the post on Urban Survival's blog, what I'm doing may make more sense.

 
The smaller bottles fit in the five holes of the larger 2-litter bottle.  Then you will use the sealant to hold the mouth of the smaller bottles to the 2-liter bottle.  The seal job does not have to be perfect since the water flow will go between the inside of the smaller bottle into the larger bottle; no water actually will touch sealant.

 
I used five smaller bottles instead of six to have some room between the bottles but if you can fit six, go for it.  I just found it easier to have extra room for when I apply the caulk (which now has to dry) so I will have to wait until tomorrow to fill the smaller bottles with planting medium and move on to the next steps!

To be continued...
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