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 to those in California, wish we could share). 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?

    Looking for more ways to recycle wine bottles (or excuses to need them)? Look no further. Learn how to make a Wine Bottle Tiki Torch!

    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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