Man's Thriving Garden, Sealed in a Bottle, Hasn't Been Watered in Decades
David Latimer is proud of his garden. It's bright green, lush and thriving.
It hasn't been watered since 1972.
As My Modern Met reports, it all started with a bit of compost and a spiderwort seedling in a 10-gallon glass bottle, which Surrey-based Latimer then sealed with a cork.
Photosynthesis took it from there, and the bottled garden became an ecosystem of its own.
Inside this bottle, water evaporates and rains back down on the plants. The plants create all the oxygen they need all on their own, and only sunlight is needed to sustain the plants.
"It's six feet from a window so gets a bit of sunlight. It grows towards the light so it gets turned round every so often so it grows evenly," Latimer told Daily Mail in an interview in January 2013. "Otherwise, it’s the definition of low-maintenance. I’ve never pruned it, it just seems to have grown to the limits of the bottle."
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Latimer's bottled garden was featured on BBC Radio 4's "Gardeners' Question Time" when he called in to see if his project was of any interest.
"It’s a great example of the way in which a plant is able to recycle," Chris Beardshaw, a regular on the show, said. "It’s the perfect cycle of life."
Gizmodo reports that some are skeptical and think that because the bottle is corked, there may be at least some amount of gas going in and out of the bottle.
Either way, Latimer, now in his 80s, is proud of his gardening experiment. According to Daily Mail, he plans to keep the garden in his family as long as it will last. If his children don't want it, he said he'll give it to the Royal Horticultural Society.
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