If you are like most of us, sometime this summer you might want to leave town for a few days. Really inconvenient from the point of view of your container plants, but hey, we’re human! No need to hire the next door neighbors kid to creep into your back yard for thirty seconds each day to wet the soil surface and then run off to the mall. Here are some great DIY self watering ideas for your planters, your garden, or your house plants, so no matter how much fun you have on vacation, you don’t come back to a plant funeral. We’ll start off with the DIY wine bottle plant waterer!
Self Watering Trick Number 1:
My personal favorite – the wine bottle DIY self watering planter system. I have personally tested this one out folks. (I knew my love of red wine was good for something other than, well, my love of red wine!)
Rinse an empty wine bottle, (or other glass bottle with a narrow neck) and fill with water. Drill a hole in the cork or screw cap. Experiment with size of hole depending on the flow that you need. Standing next to your planter, turn over the bottle and push the neck down into the soil near the center of the planter. Make sure the neck is at least several inches underground. The water in the bottle will seep into the soil over several days, keeping the soil evenly moist. It works! How long the water lasts depends on many factors. Experiment!
Number 2: Soda Bottle Watering Planter Trick
This one is better for a larger container or planter, or even a delicate plant in ground that needs a more constant water supply. Rinse an empty two liter soda bottle. Cut the neck off so that the top opening can be easily filled with a hose. Or cut off the bottom and place the bottle upside down. The cut open bottom now becomes the “neck”. Punch or cut small holes randomly through the body of the bottle, as shown in the photo. Dig a hole big enough to bury the bottle in either the center of the planter, or right next to the root system of a plant that is in ground. Pack soil up to the open neck of the bottle. Fill the bottle with water from the top. With this DIY self watering system, water will seep slowly through the holes in the bottle, into the soil. Being buried in the soil will help prevent too much evaporation. This method also promotes a deep root system.
Self Watering Trick Number 3:
Create a self watering system using a commercially bought “helper”… You can either purchase ‘DIY Plant Watering Globes’, We love these Globes from Amazon, or you can use the wine bottle technique above by getting yourselves Plant Nanny Stakes to insert the neck into. These give the bottle the strength and shape to be pushed deep into the soil and also controls water flow well.
DIY Plant Watering Globes
We love these DIY Watering Globes that you can buy on Amazon! They work well and add a pop of color as well!
Plant Nanny Stakes
Use these Plant Nanny Stakes for turning wine bottles into a vacation self watering system for your plants.
So go ahead, get outta town! These DIY self watering ideas for your planters will keep it all green and happy for your return! We think you will also love our post on 10 No Fail Drought Resistant Plants! Also, check out ‘Stunning Planter Box Ideas‘ on our sister site OhMeOhMy!