Using clear quart pop bottles for the garden

hoopusApril 26, 2002

I use clear pop bottles to collect heat in my garden and I set them near heat loving plants like Tomatoes, Grapes etc. Just take the clear pop bottle, put one teabag in the bottle and refill with warm water. Put the cap back on and set it near your plants. This helps for growers in cooler regions, like my own, near Tacoma. Also helps to keep the night temperatures a bit higher, which the Tomatoes and Peppers appreciate. Clear milk jugs work too, but they don't last as long out in the sunshine.

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Kay_H(NE MI-Z5)

I did something simular. I planted tomatoes early, surrounding each plant with 3 filled pop bottles and covering all with plastic.

These plants did just as well as the ones in wall-o-waters. But, the WOW's are more attractive to the eye and easier to handle than plastic drop cloth, so I basically stick to them.


    Bookmark   April 27, 2002 at 10:14AM
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What's the purpose of the teabag?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2002 at 9:36PM
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Kay_H(NE MI-Z5)

Yeah....what is the purpose of the tea bag? To make the water dark so it takes in more heat? Maybe the acid keeps it from getting green and gross inside?


    Bookmark   May 1, 2002 at 9:36AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

When I had gardening space I used large clear green drink bottles and compared to WOW. I preferred the bottles. I put six bottles around each plant providing more heat than WOW as determined by a recording thermometer which I got cheap from a nearby popular consumer electronics outlet.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2002 at 1:51PM
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It makes sense. The water in the pop bottles holding heat longer. You had a lot more water in them than the walls.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2002 at 11:20AM
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I used inverted 2 liter soda bottles a couple of years ago to supplement watering. I left the lids on with a couple of small holes poked through them. Obviously, the bottom of the bottle was cut off to allow for filling. These would drain themsleves in a day or so.My eggplants loved them! I suppose one could surround a plant with these if the outlet holes were small enough to prevent overwatering, thus watering the plant and keeping it warm too.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2002 at 10:52AM
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Nelz(z5b/6 NW PA)

No answer on the teabag? As I read the original post I thought it was a great job of muli-tasking by making sun tea at teh same time. In the morning, when it is coolest, dump the tea into a pitcher for the fridge, and refill bottle for garden so it has time to warm up during the day.

I'm sure that's not it, but I'm now considering it.


    Bookmark   September 5, 2002 at 3:52AM
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