Have we established that I’m cheap and lazy? If not, let’s do so: I’m cheap and lazy. A better way of framing it would be to say I’m resourceful.
A few weeks ago I flew back to Washington, D.C. for a wedding, which I was happy to do, but which also put me in a bit of a quandary: What do I do with my plants? The indoor plants I knew would be fine. They need water only once every 10 days or so. But my outdoor plants? My begonias? They need to be watered every other day or more depending on how hot it is. I’m a single gal and haven’t become friendly with the neighbors, so what to do?
After some fruitful googling, I came across a solution: do-it-yourself, or rather, make-it-yourself plant waterers. You know those plant watering globes that can set you back anywhere from $5 to $35? I made mine for free.
Here are the steps:
1.) Find an empty plastic bottle or a wine bottle (caps are preferable).
2.) Take a nail, heat it in a candle flame (while wearing some gloves so you don’t burn your hands, of course) and push it into the plastic on the neck of the bottle. Do 4-6 holes.
3.) Fill up the bottle with water, replace the cap, turn it upside down, and bury it in the dirt so the holes are covered.
4.) If using a wine bottle you can do the same thing with the cork, or ditch the cork and turn the bottle upside down and bury it.
They worked well-ish. I had only two bottles, and three would have been better for the number of plants I have. And 10 days was a little long for only a liter of water distributed among two plants.
When I got back, I fished a wine bottle out of my landlord’s recycling (because I don’t drink) and turned it upside down in my begonias because I honestly have no idea when and how often to water them. You would think all the water would come gushing out but it doesn’t! The dirt reaches a saturation point and stops drawing the water out of the bottle(this is only true if the neck is buried though).