Gardening in a Bottle
A cool way to garden is gardening in a bottle, as a child growing up, I would often see plants such as pothos vines growing in bottles of water. I would be fascinated with this as I watch the roots lay still in the water to me this was pretty interesting because I was always accustomed to plants being grown in the soil.
Growing plants from a bottle with water only is not new but has been around for some time as I mentioned earlier this was something that fascinated me as a child. These gardens have become popular as many plant species are now being used.
Growing plants in a bottle indoors or starting a water garden of this sort is a good way to connect with nature by bringing nature the inside. These gardens can be used for beauty or to provide food giving those favorite dishes that much-needed flavor. Below are other benefits of having an indoor water garden.
The benefits of gardening in a water bottle garden
Here are a few benefits of growing plants from a bottle
- Growing plants from a bottle does not take up much space
- You can save $$$$$ because there is no need to purchase garden soils
- No need to clean up debris which can be time-consuming and you get to save $$$$$ because there is no need to hire anyone to do the job for you
- Because these gardens are small the insect pest issues are little to none
- No need to purchase soil amendments because with this type of garden plants are grown in water
- These plants are protected from the elements such as winter frost and other adverse conditions because they are grown indoors.
- These gardens are protected from wildlife feeding on them because they are grown indoors
- Because your plants are growing in water only no need to worry about plants being stressed because of a lack of water
I believe these are more than enough reasons to consider investing in a water garden what do you think?
A unique water garden
Here’s a great idea of a water garden that can be so much fun both for kids and adults. It’s a water garden that I have seen in many plant nurseries or garden centers. But before we touch on this what I want to say here is my former co-worker got a kick out of making these types of gardens which was pretty amazing.
Several persons from different departments would ask her to construct these water gardens for them which she took great delight in doing and I was pretty impressed with the job she was doing. So let’s have a look at how this is done before we move on to growing herbs from a water garden.
What you will need for your water garden
- A tall glass container like a vase, bowl, or cylindrical which can fit on your desk or table
- River Rocks or Pebbles
- Aquatic Plants such as a water lettuce
- Betta Fish or Ceramic Fish
- Water that doesn’t have chlorine or is filtered
Steps to take
1. Ensure that the glass container is clean, the use of soap and water will accomplish this.
2. Rinse the container thoroughly.
3. Add a layer of pebbles or river rocks.
4. Next, add the water, fill the container, and be careful not to overfill it.
5. Let the water stand for 2-3 minutes to allow for settling of the pebbles if they start to float.
6. Next, add your betta or ceramic fish.
7. Lastly, add your water lettuce.
Maintenance of your water garden
- Place your water garden in an area that gets bright indirect light
- At times you will have to add or top of the water as it evaporates
- If the water gets a bit cloudy or murky then change it
Note: Some people use ceramic fish instead of real fish because it said that” your water plant will remove or limit the amount of oxygen that your fish needs in order to survive”.
Growing herbs in a water garden
Growing herbs indoors in a water garden is a great idea in starting an indoor garden. Herbs are some of nature’s wonders that can benefit our bodies in so many ways. Herbs can be used to season food giving that WOW or to make delicious teas that can help to promote your health.
Here is a list of herbs that can be grown in an indoor water bottle garden.
- lemon balm
Steps to take
To have success with these gardens it is good not to use clear glass because clear glass along with the sun’s rays causes the water to get murky, causing algae to form it is best to use glass that is opaque or colored. If the clear glass is all that you have then cover the side that will be exposed to the sun’s rays with a dark piece of paper.
It is best to use tap, spring, or rainwater. Distilled water will remove essential elements that are important for plant life.
If you are growing herbs outdoors then it is as simple as going in your herb garden and getting a few clippings or purchasing them from a grocery store. Clip the herbs stem about 6 inches long, measure about 4 inches from the bottom of the stem, and remove the leaves. When it comes to using herbs that were brought from the supermarket cut off the bottom part of the stem.
The new or fresh cut is important so that your stem will have an easier time taking up water. The bottom of the herb stems whether harvested from your outdoor garden or purchased from the supermarket should be removed because this method will allow your stem cuttings to absorb water and produce roots.
Place your water bottle garden in an area that gets anywhere from 5-6 hours of sunlight. Remember if you are using a clear glass cover the side that is facing the sun with a piece of dark paper.
As your leaves mature or once they get to full size harvest them. This will encourage your stems to produce more leaves.
The final word
There you have it, your very own water garden in a bottle. This is a great way to not only grow herbs from your garden but also to start them indoors, this method has caught like wildfire. Give these water gardens a try, whether for beauty and entertainment or to increase your food production to save a few $$$$$ these water gardens are worth the investment.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.