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Vertical Sunshine Garden

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I should have taken pictures of the before process but here is my take on a vertical flower planter using a pallet some empty plastic soda bottles and 2 6'x2's
vertical sunshine garden
I just attached the 2x6's to the back of the pallet. I buried the bottom of the posts about 1 foot in the ground and then put a couple of nails in the top and the fence to stabilize.
vertical sunshine garden
I just free hand drew the daisy then stained and painted. Clearly nothing fancy. The turquoise is stain and the white, yellow, orange and black are paint. After it dried I covered it all in 2 coats of poly
vertical sunshine garden
I wanted something cheap to plant in so I decided to try soda bottles.
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some vertical
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some horizontal. I just used my utility knife to cut out a section and poke a hole for drainage
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I attached the bottles with my trusty staple gun
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I sprayed a little turquois paint in the bottoms of the bottles just for color
I cut the tops off of the soda bottles but and then put the plastic back in the hole just to keep the dirt from washing out. You could leave the tops on if you wanted. I just didn't like the red tops.
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Then I started planting. I went with pink and orange petunias
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More flowers
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And here it is all planted. I think it's pretty and when summer is over I just recycle those soda bottles. The only real cost is the cost of the plants. We were drinking those drinks anyway so this is just another way to recycle the bottles. You could use the bottles directly on your fence if you didn't want to mess with the pallet.
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  • Wil10751567
    on Jun 12, 2018

    I will try this if I can figure out how you ATTACHED the bottles

    to the wood (???????)

    I found a half pallet during our Spring clean up week

    on a boulevard and had kind of the same idea but

    maybe with plastic pots.

    • Cari
      on Jun 12, 2018

      I just used a staple gun and stapled them to the pallet. I've done different pallets before and used plastic pots but honestly the bottles have held up better and they don't take away from the flowers.

  • Tammy
    on May 29, 2019

    I tried this but the weight of the dirt , once the bottle was filled, caused the plastic to tear away from the staples. And it eventually fell. Am I doing something wrong or different than your post? Loved your idea thank you!

    • Meem Kaplan
      on Jun 17, 2019

      You could also use belts or straps around the bottles and tacked onto the slats. Rather like those shelves on other Hometalk posts.

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