Upcycle Wine Bottles to Water Your Plants

September 14, 2017

Wondering what else you can do with your wine bottles besides recycling? Here's a ridiculously simple way to upcycle your wine bottles to create an eco-friendly plant watering system. 

 

 

I love plants, but I can be a lazy, forgetful gardener. I start out with the best intentions, but over time I begin to forget to water my pot plants.

 

During winter, our outdoor plants and garden area is mostly self sufficient, relying mostly on rainfall, a little grey water and occasional watering. Once summer hits, it's really hard to get back into the habit of watering on such a regular basis.

 

The idea of installing an irrigation system gives me a headache, not to mention the logistics and maintenance of it all and trying to figure out how to set the timers.

 


Repurposing a wine bottle is such a simple solution and handy when heading off on a holiday for pots or garden plants.

 

You can use any bottle, and for smaller plants a beer or soft drink bottle would be ideal.

 

Step 1:

Drink the wine (or whatever it happens to be).

 

 

Step 2:

Rinse the bottle and fill right up to the brim

 

 

Step 3:

Quickly shove the end of the bottle several inches into the dirt.

This is now going to slowly drip feed water, keeping the soil hydrated and your plant happy.

 

 

Step 4:

Refill every 3-5 days depending on the water requirements of your plant and of course, the weather.

 

The plants I applied this to don't need a lot of watering, so a week (or maybe more) is plenty for most of the year. For thirstier plants you may want to stick to 3 days.

 

 

This wine bottle had the perfect label - this particular winery are working on sustainable practices and restoring wetlands and the natural environment through various projects so I thought this was very fitting. 

 

 

 

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