Friday, May 3, 2013

Container Planting - The Will Run For Coffee Way

I'm always looking for ways to use up empty coffee bean bags.  Recently I saw a turtorial on using plastic bottles for container gardening.  I decided to give it a try and I love it for my herbs - like the little mint cutting in this post.  If it ever warms up outside I am going to put them in a basket hanging from my deck rails.  Until now they are in the kitchen.

First you need a plastic bottle that will fit in a 1lb coffee bag.  Cut the top off - save or recycle the rest.

The top will go inside the coffee bag to help with water drainage and to get air to the roots.  

Now you need a coffee bag.  I cut the top off of mine to make it shorter, but you don't have to.

Cut some drainage holes along the bottom.  Hard to see in this photograph so I circled it.  I do one on each side.

Put the bottle top in the bag cut side down.  Add dirt and your plant.

Great for herbs and probably strawberries too.  I added a bit of coffee grounds to the dirt.  with the bottle lid in the bag they do sit fairly flat, but can easily be blown over in a wind, so I'm using a basket.  You could also anchor it to a wall as long as you're using light weight plants.  The bags themselves are pretty sturdy.  Inside they sit fine on a shelf.

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