Going on Vacation? Well, here's an easy way to make sure your indoor plants stay watered while you're away. Save small empty bottles like the kind that hold Benadryl, cough syrup or liquid ibuprofen. Start by thoroughly watering your plants then after cutting the bottom of the plastic bottles off with a serrated knife, razor blade or scissors then bury the bottles upside down several inches into the soil. These tiny bottles will release water gradually as your plants need it. You can use 16 oz. water bottles for large plants, or big 2 litter plastic pop bottles for outdoor plants.
Great idea for a short vacation. For a longer one, try a plastic milk container. The tricky part is propping it up so it doesn't fall over or get knocked over by squirrels. Also, think about getting more plants that can handle less water. Here's a good list: http://www.oldhouseweb.com/gardening/Detailed/806.shtml
On my smaller easy to lift houseplants, I fill the bath tub with just a bit of water and then lay down a old bath towel in it and place my plant containers on it so that while gone they can slowly water them selves from the bottom up. (05/01/2009)
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