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Blue Rock Station Style by Jay Warmke

One of our latest projects here at Blue Rock Station is construction of a new plastic bottle greenhouse.


This really cool structure is made using a rammed earth foundation (tires) incorporates over 1000 2-liter plastic soft drink bottles as its walls, a straw bale north wall as well as two 55-gallon rain barrels (courtesy of Little Square Farm) into the north wall.

  • I just bought the e-book, so excited to download it! It's so exciting to start seeing these things in my Dad's old Mother Earth News magazine coming to life!
    Andrea Quinn

  • May I first say that your innovation to make green houses from plastic bottles is fantastic. I have written to request for permission to use your innovation in combating pollution resulting from plastics in Zambia.
    Brian Chiimbwe, Zambia

  • Our daughter’s senior International Baccalaureate project is complete, their plastic bottle greenhouse, and it would not have happened without your inspiration and design. Thank you so much! The project brought together the Westerville community in ways that were remarkable to see.
    Mary Francis Ball, Westerville OH

  • hi Jay! These (books) are really, really neat. thank you for the plastic bottle greenhouse plans in particular! I saw one at the botanic gardens near Akron while visiting family in Ohio this past summer and was both completely impressed and completely inspired!
    Elena Nixon, Brighton CO



Our thanks to the students from Clark Montessori High School for their help in constructing this building.  We hope they learned as much from us as we learned from them.

Now available, this booklet that gives you all the step-by-step to build your own really cool Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

This 36-page illustrated book includes the following chapters:

  • The Logic Behind Plastic Bottle Greenhouses
  • Creating your design
  • Site Preparation & Drainage
  • Wind Issues
  • Orientation
  • Insulation
  • Passive Solar Concepts
  • Thermal Mass Concepts
  • What materials you will need
  • How to prepare, cut and place the bottles
  • Detailed drawings for a 10’ x 10’ sample greenhouse project
  • Water Capturing
  • Finishing the Interior

36 Page Booklet:
Price  $6.95 US *
(for paper version)

Electronic Version (pdf):
Price $5.00 US *

(sent via e-mail within 24 hours)


* Plus shipping ($1.95 within US and Canada only), electronic version has no shipping charge.  A 7% sales tax will be added for Ohio residents. The electronic version ordered through the shopping cart will be sent to you via e-mail within 24 hours of your order (usually much sooner).