DIY Wine Bottle Waterer for Potted Plants

2 Materials
30 Minutes

Living in wine country means, with great certainty, that one has a decent stockpile of wine bottles. This is especially true if you happen to be in the business of throwing fabulous bashes every weekend. Empty bottles are always a sign of a great wedding celebration!
Recycling is a must, but sometimes up-cycling is way too tempting. We have made candle lanterns out of them in the past, but today we are taking them out into the garden. After all, this is the time of year when most of us try to get away for a couple of days here or there. Well, with temperatures rising high during summer vacation time, we figured the bottles would make great slow release waterers for our potted plants!
Photo Cred: Anya McInroy
I won’t even begin to make a supplies list here.  I mean, really.  All ya need is some empty wine bottles and a potted garden.  That’s all folks!  I guess you could have some fun and etch some designs on the glass with a frosted paint solution from Michael’s or play with some colorful paint designs with glass paint.  Actually, that’s a good idea!  That may have to sneak onto another post :)
Keeping it simple and very vino-centric, just rinse out your old bottles and fill with water.
Begin a hole in the soil of your potted plant with your fingers and then just quickly jam the mouth of the wine bottle down into the dirt.
The soil will “plug up” the opening of the bottle and will very slowly begin absorbing the water and drawing it down into your pot.
Make sure to give all your pots a bottle to help make watering a cinch.
Now, before we leave for a couple of days, we water all our plants and then top them off with a wine bottle.
 It has literally saved so many of our plants!  It also makes the chore of watering a little less annoying, since using the bottles gives you a bit more time between waterings.
Happy Gardening, lovelies!
Get your fingers dirty!

Suggested materials:

  • Wine bottles
  • Potted plants

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