Picture of vertical window planter
Everyone likes to put plants on their windowsill.  But why not take advantage of the light along the sides of the windows?

here's one way
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Step 1: Cast of characters

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inexpensive curtain tension rod $3-$5.  Get one that will fit inside your window's vertical height 2 extra inches or more
8-10 empty plastic soda bottles (depending on height of your window
hot knife
tape measure
decorative paint that will adhere to plastic
spray bottle
heat shrink tubing or valve-tube attachment (5/16" female threaded coupling to 1/4" male tube coupling)
about 3-4 feet of flexible tubing (aquarium type is good)


Step 2: Prepare the bottles

cut off the bottoms of all the bottles
cut little windows into the sides, about an inch from the bottom


Step 3: Paint the bottles if desired

Put the cap on the bottle and place it on a stick in the ground - this will make spray painting the bottle much easier.

Shake up the paint and spray it.

I chose a terra-cotta like color for this one


Step 5: Add the bottles one by one

thread each bottle one after another onto the tension rod

as you add a bottle, insert some soil and add seeds in the open windows


Step 6: Install in the window

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Take the whole thing to your window edge

Put a small dish at the bottom to collect any water runoff

Compress the tension down a couple of inches 

Place in window and center in your drainage dish

Let the tension rod go
( I added it to my guide ''reuse plastic bottle'').
and voted it!
foobear (author)  marcellahella1 year ago
thank you!
mnmama1 year ago
I live the watering contraption. Very clever. Please post pics once the plants get going, OK? I do think the size of the bottles are going to limit you to small plants, with small root balls, like strawberries maybe, or watercress and lettuces. There you go....salad in a window! Thanks for the idea.
foobear (author)  mnmama1 year ago
I will post pix - will do. Strawberries would be nice. Not sure what plants are going to show up in the winter months, this will be an interesting experiment
ASCAS1 year ago
Wow that's a great idea, Voted! Good job, keep it up dude :D
foobear (author)  ASCAS1 year ago
Thank you!
I like the idea but it looks too small for anything other than a flower plant
foobear (author)  lynnfiorante1 year ago
You can use larger bottles and accommodate larger plants if you like.