Comments On - Building Bottle Walls

A great concept. Yes, living here in Nevada (and visiting some great places in historic parts of Arizona) you can see some wonderful examples of bottle walls and bottle houses. For those of us urban historians, these are treasures of information. You can learn a lot about an area by looking at what they were drinking!

For those of us social historians, they are just great to look at, especially if they were built with the bottles going through the wall to the inside. Wonderful colors and light patterns and designs are possible.

A question for you: If you use only green glass bottles, would you have a new meaning for the term "greenhouse?"
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 8/8/2011 7:32:08 AM
I too, do this. I've made many, many, raised beds and borders using nothing but glass bottles and no, I am not anal about their being perfectly level/straight. They look fine to me and that is all I care about.
deborah, Southern, AL
Posted: 8/5/2011 3:45:19 PM
Rick, My orderly mind would make the bottle walls ever so much more complicated than needed. I would have to have straight lines of bottles that were level both along the length and width. I would have to have a concrete block foundation base under the wall to support the weight of the wall. You can imagine the stress it would give me to build such a recycled thing. Heh heh, I am trying to break out of that mentality but it's difficult to break the old row crop farmer mentality. It certainly sounds like you have found a new direction for your passion in life. Have a great Urban Farm University in Amsterdam day.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 8/5/2011 7:16:50 AM
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