How to Water Your Plants While You’re Away
I love my plants, but I also love going away for long holiday weekends. It’s really tough to keep plants looking great (especially in the summer), and I really didn’t want to spend all that money on a self watering planter, or an automatic watering system. Instead, I found this great tip online to recycle a plastic bottle into a watering system.
Just look at that happy plant!
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
All I used was an empty soda bottle, a nail and a hammer. Step 2: Make a Hole in the Cap
I gently tapped the nail through the two layers of the cap until it made a very small hole. I used a really small nail -- if you use a bigger one, it will be easier, but the hole will be a bit larger and might lose water faster. Step 3: Fill 'Er up
In a deep sink, I filled the bottle to the top with tap water. Step 4: Screw on the Cap
I made sure to close the cap very tightly, because I only want water to drip out of the tiny hole I made. If you leave your cap lose, your bottle won't last as long. Step 5: Put the Bottle Upside Down in the Plant
I stuck the bottle firmly into the soil, so that it was leaning up at an angle. Make sure it's not at too much of an angle so that it won't empty out too fast. Step 6: Go on Vacation!
After a glorious four-day break, I returned to find that my plant was thriving and there was still a little bit of water in there! (I seriously considered turning right around and returning to the beach!) Enjoy the freedom (ha, get it?) of not worrying about your plants while you’re away!
- Empty Plastic Bottle (Recycling Bin)
- Nail (Hardware Store)
- Hammer (Hardware Store)