“Self-watering’ Containers made easy!

Like growing your own plants, but always forget to water!? Try making a “self-watering” container out of a recycled 2-liter bottle. READY students tried their hand at this design today with Josephine, our Program Coordinator. You will need an empty 2-L bottle, a knife, 1 sheet of newspaper, some twine, and a drill to assemble the container. (Soil and seeds too!) Essentially, you cut the bottle in half, inverting the top of the bottle into the bottom, which acts as a water reservoir. Using the bottle lid and some string, you make a wick that draws up the water when the roots are dried out. For step by step instructions, check out these 2 sites: http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-watering-recycled-plant-pot-for-growing-herbs/?ALLSTEPS
http://www.seattlesundries.com/blogs/news/11749733-how-to-self-watering-seed-starter-pots

For the first planting, water the soil like you would any other potted plant. From there, the reservoir should take care of the plant for 2 weeks, depending on how hot/dry the environment is.

This design is ideal for herbs, lettuces, strawberries, and flowers. You could also try it out for starting tomatoes or peppers indoors! And, if you want to have a really good time, READY suggests starting the activity with some trivia about plants’ vascular system!

 

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