Watering Plants

April 15, 2013

Fast, easy, and no spills on your furniture. Cubes melt slowly so the plant doesn't get overwatered. One normal size ice cube per 4 inch pot. The kind of plant drives the frequency of watering. Mild fertilizer can be made into cubes as well, follow the instructions on the fertilizer by mixing it according to package directions.


Pour mixture into ice cube tray and freeze. After cubes have been frozen, place into a bag, label, and set aside in the freezer where they won't be mistaken for a drink ice cube!

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May 16, 2011

Save your liquid dishwasher squirt bottles and use them for watering your plants. Just wash them out well, refill with plain water, and squirt it where you want to water. This is also a great way to water hard to reach areas.

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June 4, 2007

Keep your garden hydrated with this easy (and green!) tip: Take a clean 1 gallon milk jug, poke a small hole in the bottom with a nail, fill it with water, and recap it.

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July 29, 2012

Use marble-sized polymers to hydrate your plants. I buy the 8.5 oz. container of Decorative Accents absorbent polymers from the Dollar Tree to put in my outside flower beds.


I use the handle (dowel) part of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the soil.

Bottle of Decorative Accents hydrated polymer beads.

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July 26, 2012

The next time you boil a dozen eggs, save the water and pour it on your garden and plants. The water becomes enriched with calcium when the eggs are cooked. Plus, why pour water down the sink when you can reuse it for something, right? (Just make sure you let it get to room tempature.)

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August 19, 2016

Take an empty clear plastic water bottle, cut off the bottom, drill a hole or bang a nail hole thru the plastic cap, and screw the cap back on to the neck of the bottle.

plant with bottle sunk into the soil next to it

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July 31, 2012

If you are going away and need plants watered, just fill a diaper full of water. Set it in your pot, and put soil on top of diaper. Your plants will stay moist while you are away

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August 26, 2011

The city of Houston just put everyone on restrictions concerning watering outdoor plants. Mine are all potted patio plants.


The rule is twice a week depending upon whether you are on the even or odd side of the street.

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July 30, 2008

If you're having trouble with your spray nozzle or if you need more help watering - remember kids are more than willing to help!

Child Helping with Watering

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June 24, 2005

Tips for watering plants. Post your ideas.


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June 24, 20050 found this helpful

A lot of water that goes down the drain can be used to water plants. Water that you use to steam vegetables, cook potatoes or boil eggs can be reused to water your plants.


Also, when you clean out your aquarium you can use that water to water your plants.

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June 24, 20050 found this helpful

I have a lot of houseplants, so when I water, I start in the same place and go right around the house, always in the same order, checking and watering as needed. This way, no one gets forgotten.

By Linda

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By Nicole (Guest Post)
January 6, 20060 found this helpful

Use water with lemon and orange juice (straight out of the oranges) and water it. This helps it grow faster.(

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November 29, 20080 found this helpful


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June 3, 20090 found this helpful

With a busy life and a love for freshness I have found that using empty water bottles (like perrier bottles found in the recycle box at work) washed, rinsed and filled up. Work well. Fill it up, flip it over into the soil about 2 or 3 inches into the soil and tada, watering system that will last up to 5 days for containers. If doing this right in the dirt outside in the garden, or just anywhere you have plants that dry out fast, put the bottle closer to the plant and your go to go for 4 days. As the soil dries, it releases air into the bottle and then releasing the water back into soil.


No need to by fancy balls for this, if you like to decorate them, use tissue paper and MODPOGE or water and glue to match your decor. Sometimes it is hard to remember what an who to water and when, and if your an avid traveler this works even better. Set up 2 bottles and away you go for up to 2 weeks! Also if you do not want a cat using your plants as a litter box, put pine cones in the bottom of the plant base and they do not like the smell or the texture on there little feet.

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July 12, 2011

When is the best time to water vegetables, a flower garden, and young trees?

By Jack from Georgina, Ontario

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March 17, 2010

I have some potted Asiatic Lilies that have been sitting in my basement all winter. I sat the pots out today (3/17/10) because it's about 65 degrees. The soil looks dry, when should I start watering them?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

By Vixx from Alexandria, VA


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March 17, 20100 found this helpful

Now is a good time, good luck.

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January 18, 2010

What are the benefits of using tea/coffee to water plants?

By Holly


January 21, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know for sure but I've done it for years and the plants in my kitchen do much better than the ones upstairs on the windowsill. I don't put sweetened tea on them, but if there's tea left in the pot, cooled, I use it every time.


I've read about this, but don't remember exactly what nutrients they get from the tea.

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May 8, 2012

This page is about conserving water in the garden. There are many ways to use less water on your garden, and still have a bountiful harvest.

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June 27, 2014

This is a page about using greywater in the garden. Greywater is the domestic wastewater resulting from household water use. Some sources such as water from showers, sinks, or bathtubs is generally safe to use for garden irrigation.

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