Have you ever wanted to buy edging for your garden? Well, you can take advantage of your own recycling to make these garden borders out of water bottles. (These seven ideas for inexpensive gardening containers might be of interest to you too!)
Edging can add a clean look to your home flower or vegetable garden and can be made from a variety of materials. As you can see in these photos, the gardeners from a local school used water bottles in their gardening project. This is a creative use of water bottles and a fantastic way to reuse them. I don’t use water bottles much myself—I’m a steel can kind of person—yet I appreciate that a someone took the time to think this up and to beautify an otherwise drab portion of school property.
Other edgers you can use include plants of various kinds (someone in the Evenings in the Dirt Facebook community recommended marigolds), bricks, metal, and smooth river stones. Hosta could work well in certain situations and prevent weeds in shady spots. For a vegetable garden, I’d recommend mint in containers in the hopes it would help deter critters from eating the veggies. In one of the photos here, you can see the students used bottles with both green and white tops to add visual interest.
My grass really wants to get into my garden. In the front garden bed, which is not a raised bed, I often find myself fighting the grass despite brick edging. The edging came from the previous owner, and I left it because I like how it looks. However, I may look for a new solution soon since the brick is not winning the battle with the grass.
What have you used to edge your garden?