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.
Drink the wine (or whatever it happens to be).
Rinse the bottle and fill right up to the brim
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.
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.