Make your own Recycled Plant Watering Globe in Minutes
Watering globes, plant nannies, and other waterers can be expensive. With materials you from your recycling bin, you can create your own watering globes and they actually hold more water than those you see in commercials! Plastic water bottles, milk jugs, beer bottles, and wine bottles all make easy do-it-yourself recycled plant nannies.
All watering globes work with the same concept. A reserve of water is inverted into the plant container with only small openings for the water to move through. The small openings keep the water from simply pouring out of the reservoir. As the soil becomes too dry it pulls the water from the waterer. When the roots and soil have sucked up an appropriate amount of water, the pull stops and the water remains in the reservoir. Watering globes and the like make it easy to give plants their ideal amount of water without actually being there. Many companies are capitalizing heavily on this cheap concept but you can make perfect plant nannies out of recycled bottles.
Plastic bottles can be turned into watering globes in three easy steps with minimal tools. You’ll need: a plastic bottle with a lid, a nail, and a candle.
1. Heat the nail in the candle flame. The heated nail will push easily through the plastic bottle making small holes.
2. Poke four to five holes around the neck of the bottle.
3. Fill completely with water, screw cap on tightly, invert, and push cap first into the plant soil.
Screw-cap or plork (plastic cork) wine bottles make ideal recycled watering globes for larger plants. Using a nail or awl and hammer makes quick work out of poking holes in a screw-cap. Plastic corks work well if you can hammer a nail straight through the center of the cork, creating a small opening for the water to be pulled through. After you’ve made small holes for the water, simply fill the wine bottle all the way, invert, and push tightly into the plant soil. If the watering bottle tips too far over it could pop the opening out of the soil and leave your plant to dry out. This happens easily with wine bottles because they are heavy so stick two stakes in the soil for your recycled watering bottle to lean against.
Regular cork wine bottles can also be used to make recycled plant nannies, all you need to do is create a substitute cap with small holes in it. Sticking two inch pieces of duct tape to each other creates a water resistant material. Use a nail or awl and hammer to poke holes through the center of the duct tape strip. Fill the wine bottle with water, place the duct tape cap over the opening and use a few more pieces of duct tape to secure the substitute cap the wine bottle. This also works perfectly for recycled beer bottles and the only downside is pulling off the tape and starting over when it’s time to refill.You don’t need to see it on television or spend too much money to get perfect plant watering globes. Recycled bottles, both glass and plastic, make great plant nannies in just minutes. Take a few minutes to make one of your own and then take a few days off from watering!