8 DIY Self-Watering Ideas for Your Garden

On the summer, like the rest of us, you probably want to get away from town. So this is really inconvenient for your garden, but hey, we’re people! No need to pay the kid next door to crawl into your backyard for 30 seconds a day to wet the surface and then run to the mall. Here are some great DIY ways to water your potted plants, garden, and houseplants, so that no matter how happy you are on vacation, you don’t have to go back to a real funeral. Thing. We’ll start with a homemade device made from a wine bottle.

Self-Watering with Red Wine Bottle

Here’s my favorite idea: using a wine bottle to make a self-watering planter that you can make yourself. I tried this one out myself. (I know that my love of red wine can be used for more than just that!)

Rinse out an empty wine bottle or other narrow-necked glass bottle and fill it with water. Make a hole in the cork or cap with a screw. Try different sizes of hole based on how much flow you need. Turn the bottle upside down, stand next to your planter, and press the neck of the bottle into the ground near the middle of the pot. Make sure that at least a few inches of the neck are below the ground. In a few days, the water in the bottle will seep into the soil and keep it moist. It’s true! How long water stays fresh depends on a lot of things.


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Soda Pop Bottle Watering

This DIY project is even more interesting because these bottles are cheap and seem to be easier to cut than wine or glass bottles because they are made of plastic.


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Soda Bottle Self-Watering

This kind is better for a larger pot or container, or for a delicate plant that needs more water all the time and can’t go in the ground. Rinse out a two-liter soda bottle that is empty. Cut off the neck so that you can use a spout to fill the top hole. Or cut off the bottom of the bottle and turn it on its side. Now, the open bottom is the “neck.” As shown in the picture, punch or drill small holes all over the body of the bottle. Dig a hole big enough to bury the bottle in the middle of the pot or near the plant’s roots in the ground. Bring the dirt up to the bottle’s neck. Pour water into the bottle from the top. With this do-it-yourself system for watering plants, water will slowly seep into the soil through the holes in the bottle. Being buried in the ground will help keep water from evaporating too quickly. This method also makes roots grow deep.


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Self-Watering with Wooden Box

These small wooden boxes aren’t your typical planters. They have cisterns on the bottom that are constantly filled with water from the nearby body of water, just like a toilet cistern. Here is a step-by-step guide!


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Self Watering Bucket & Styrofoam Cup

Two plastic buckets and foam cups can be used together as a reliable self-watering planter. For more information click here.


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Self-watering with Upside-down Planters

Cool things are upside-down planters. The biggest problem has always been keeping the plants hydrated, especially when they are producing fruit in the middle of summer. They also changed and improved the way the system was set up, and now all of the water is going to the plants. There is no waste that runs off at all.
Visit the Instructables Living for step-by-step articles on how to keep your plants from drying out during the hot summer months.


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Self-watering with Rope

Here is a fun way to water your houseplants that you can do on your own. It will look good on the coffee table, too.


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Wick-to-water method is one of the trick of self-watering. If you have to leave for a few weeks at a time, you can use a wick or a shoelace to help your plants water themselves. Check more detail here!


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