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tippben
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:58 pm    Post subject: Wine bottle raised beds. Reply with quote

An interesting idea from : http://seattleseedling.com/2013/08/5-reasons-why-wine-bottle-raised-beds-are-the-best/

I'd imagine that some wire or something would be needed to help retain the bottles in place, and the odd bottle might get broken and need replacing, but I can't see why it wouldn't work. If anything, I'd imagine that it might help control soil temperature and the beginning and end of the season. I can also see that strategically placed upright bottles would be perfect for making cloche /netting hoops using hazel/willow poles, or water pipe.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thoughts.

She should have taken the labels off first. The labels are an eyesore.

It would be nice if the bottles were "all your own produce". i.e. if you drank all the wine yourself. But anyway, Ben, send me over 12 boxes of wine and I'll send the empties back to you to get started! Smile Smile I always like to help. Smile Smile

I'd imagine it would work OK but the bottles would bulge out a bit when you fill the inside with earth unless you stick 'em with Tec7 or somesuch.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the labels. Given the colours of glass available, it should be easy to make it look pretty. The bulging. That's why I thought that you would at least need some sort of corner posts, and wire, or other cordage wrapped around to keep them from pushing outward. Sorry mate, I'm not sending you wine, even if it is not long until xmas. I'm poor, don't drink anymore, but know several publicans, and lots of other people who do! My beds were made out of scavenged boards from when we inherited the house and renovated it. They are now rotting, so I thought I might try it...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoilsport! Smile Smile I was looking forward to a gross of full wine bottles arriving. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I used to make hedgerow wines, and I still have loads of corks, and a corking gun. I can easily drop of cases of full bottles next time I visit the milk market. I'll use dark green and blue bottles, so you won't know what they contain until you pour a glass. It's only fun if you do it blindfolded, with a peg on your nose. Think of it as "Wino Roulette" :P
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