How to Water Plants While Away

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  • How to water plants while you're out of town | wine bottle self watering system

    It’s funny that I’m writing this post in the middle of what feels like a monsoon. We have seen so much rain over the past couple weeks that this isn’t even necessary to water plants right now {sorry California}. But as soon as I leave town, we all know what will happen – my beautiful patio plants that I have been nurturing for the past few months will be left in the scorching heat, unattended, without a drop of rain in sight. It’s the dilemma I face each summer when we travel. Do I pay someone to come over and water plants? No. I hydrate them like I hydrate myself. With wine. Okay, with water, but someone has to drink the wine to make this possible.

    How to water plants while you're out of town | wine bottle self watering system on julieblanner.com

    I may not have the greenest thumb, but I am an avid recycler. I like to make the most from what I already have. And wine bottles? Well, I have a few of those. I also have quite a few plants, so we’re in luck! I created a self watering system from wine bottles in just a few easy steps:

    1. First, you’ll want to rinse and fill your wine bottle with water.  wine bottle self watering system | wine bottle crafts
    2. Stick a cork in it. Push it down as far as it will go.
    3. Next, using a nail {preferably, if you can find one} create a hole going through the entire length of the cork and remove. How to water plants while you're out of town | wine bottle self watering system on julieblanner.com
    4. Insert wine bottle upside down into plant and it will be hydrated for up to 3 days! How to water plants while you're out of town | wine bottle self watering system

    Time: 5 minutes

    You can also do this with water bottles by creating a hole in the top of the plastic lid, but wine bottles offer additional watering time and are a little more aesthetically pleasing, don’t you think?

    How to make a self watering system for your plants with a bottle

    I’m not sure who’s more anxious to see the sun, my flowers or I. Happy travels!

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