You can recycle your beer bottles for growing small herbs, or your old wine bottles for a little large plants. The Design Sponge has a great DIY article on it. One (1) Recycled large (one pint) beer bottle planter. Amber/brown colored beer bottle (see picture).Self watering with use of wick. Heavy, durable wick included. We used beer bottles for ours, but you could make a larger garden with wine The thing we love about self-watering gardens, besides the general ease of it all, it up to the plant, keeping the soil just wet enough to keep the herbs growing.