Edging & Mulch: Think Outside the Bag

by Jenny Peterson on June 14, 2011

in Garden Design,Projects

Got a bit of a creative streak, you say? Like to add some unexpected touches to your garden? I gotcha covered here. On a recent visit to Lucinda Hutson’s exuberant central Austin garden, I noticed a small bed in the back that was edged with clear bottles. Not steel edging, not rock, but glass bottles. And the “mulch” in the bed consisted of collected wine corks! Now,  you know girlfriend’s giving some serious parties to have that many corks! (Actually, people drop them off in bags for her).


I’ve always been drawn to eclectic vignettes like this one–and recycling your party materials just makes sense, my friend.  Doesn’t this make you feel simply obligated to throw a party now? Hey, you’re just doing your part to be green.

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Marc June 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

Love the bottles. I saw East Side Cafe using corks for mulch a while back. They probably do produce enough of their own corks to do it, too.

I also experimented with bottles as edging. Pretty easy to do. Rubber mallet, straight-edge shovel… http://on.fb.me/mFWsf6

Sadly, I recycled all 1200+ bottles I had collected the other day. Realtors don’t want to see such things.

Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand June 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

Love the vintage feel of the bottles. How about a bottle tree another wonderful garden idea from the day <|;-)

Matt M. June 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

This idea works for me. Couldn’t think of a much better fit for The Redneck Garden ;-p

Nicky June 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I have a wine bottle border but NEVER thought of using the corks as mulch! Love it!

Jenny Peterson June 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Isn’t that cool? I’ve started doing it on my own balcony!

Genevieve June 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I love this, Jenny! That’s some serious sustainability right there! Very chic.

RL April 3, 2012 at 3:17 am

Now you see, this is something I would love to do in my garden, I think they raise the bar a little in terms of making it unique. My only concern is if the kiddies fall over!

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