2 DIY Self-Watering Ideas While on Vacation

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Plant watering globes are a wonderful solution for keeping a container garden lush and green while you are away for a few days. You don't need to spend a lot of money on expensive watering globes or plant nannies seen on TV commercials. You don't need either to ask some neighbour or friend to drop by your house and water.

Recycled plastic and wine bottles easily transform into self-watering globes that release water when the plants need it. They are both environmentally and budget friendly. Moreover, they are in no way inferior to the watering globes on sale in stores. Self-made waterers are even better because they hold more water than those you've seen in commercials.

Self-watering globes all based on the same concept. A container filled with water is turned upside down and inserted into the plant pot. The water passes through tiny openings which prevent simply pouring it out. When the soil becomes dry it takes the right amount of water from the container. Basically this is how the process works. It's rather quick, simple and effective way to keep plants from wilting.

Here are two easy ways to make your own plant waterers with materials from your recycling bin. You can use empty plastic water and glass wine bottles. Be sure that they will give your dry pots a drink while you're away.

#1 Self-Watering Idea – Watering Globes from Plastic Bottles

Plastic bottles are versatile are easy to work with. You can use different techniques and decide which one suits you best. Below are explained two options for making your own recycled watering globes from plastic bottles. Use any old bottle, regardless of its size.

  • Option A

For this first simple idea you will need empty plastic bottles with their caps on, a candle and an awl or a nail. Light the candle and heat the awl in the flame. In this way it will pierce the plastic bottle much easier. Make several small holes around the bottle's neck, fill it with water and screw the cap on tightly. When you have finished with these steps, just turn the plastic bottle upside down and stick it into the soil until it covers the holes.

  • Option B

This idea has a lot in common with the above mentioned. The difference consists in removing the cap. The opening of the bottle should be covered with gauze and fixed to its neck with a rubber band. By attaching gauze you will stop the soil from entering inside the bottle. Fill the bottle with water and stick the neck into the soil.

#2 Self-Watering Idea – Watering Globes from Glass Bottles

Rather than getting rid of old glass wine bottles, how about transforming them into fancy plant waterers? They look great in larger pots and all you need to do is poke holes in the screw caps. Use a hammer and awl to make small holes in the cap. Fill the bottle with water all the way and place in the pot the same way as plastic bottles are positioned. It's advisable to fix the bottle between two stakes in order to make sure that your watering globe does not fall. This could happen with wine bottles because they are much heavier than the plastic ones.

You can replace the screw caps with a duct tape. The procedure is the same – small halls are made in the centre of the duct tape strip. If you want to get crafty, you can use spray paint or mosaic tile to decorate the bottle. Whatever option you choose, your hand-made glass globe will become a cute, easy and useful watering device.

Use bigger plastic or wine bottles, if you plan to be away from home longer than a few days. Always water before you add the bottle and test the watering globe the day before you leave. Make sure that there is no leakage or bubbles rising to the top. If you notice such signs, probably the mouth of the bottle has not sealed against the soil. Take the bottle out of the soil, fill again with water and insert it in the moist soil. Fix the bottle near the edge and in this way it will rest against the pot. These simple ideas are indeed effective and they will keep your beautiful container garden happy while you are away.


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Comments (4)

Blaizesampson writes: One of the best idea!
Posted: 3:22 am on July 30th
JardaeKeeley writes: Nice universe!!
Posted: 12:09 am on May 14th
Falimasofty writes: Nice
Posted: 2:32 am on May 12th
Falimasofty writes: Nice
Posted: 2:32 am on May 12th
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