Going on vacation? Put a few of these together for your container gardens to keep them hydrated while you are away.
The concept of repurposing a wine bottle into a container
garden “watering device” has been around for a while. I was intrigued at first, because I love to see glass in the garden, and the idea seemed practical as well as pretty. However, after trying several different methods and contraptions I gave up, until recently. After thinking it through, I made a trip to the hardware store with a very specific idea in mind: use copper tubing to make a wine bottle "funnel."
What You'll Need:
One wine bottle
Glass pearl gems (vase gems) to go inside the bottle *
One 1/2" male copper adapter
One 1/2" female copper adapter
One piece of 1/2" copper tubing (about 24" long)
Black electrical tape
½ x .520 Teflon tape (Plumbing Dept.)
# 67 O-Ring (13/16“ Outside Diameter x 11/16” x 1/16”
Clear waterproof silicone sealant
Hacksaw, Small Vise, Small Flat Metal File, Adjustable Wrench
Bamboo stake (or similar, to poke a hole in the soil)
* Don't use round glass marbles, as they will block the flow of water. Use odd-shaped floral glass gems that won't block the copper tube. The gems disperse the flow of water through the bottle, as well as add a decorative element to the watering device (especially if the bottle is clear).
Copper is a nice companion to glass, and I wanted something easy and simple so that the device would be practical.
COPPER TUBE INSTRUCTION NOTES:
The wine bottle will be buried up to the base of the neck when it sits in the planter. Keep in mind the extra 2" to account for the adapters, before determining how long to cut the soil-extension piece. For large planters, 6-8" is a good length for the soil tube segment, and 3-4” will be the length of the bottle-neck tube segment. Example: 3" (bottle neck) + 2" (adapters) + 6" (copper tubing) = 11" below the surface of the soil. The copper tubing will deliver water, as well as act as a "stake" to keep the wine bottle stable in the planter.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: don't leave your bottles outside if the temperatures drop below freezing, as this may cause the bottles to freeze and crack.