If you are away for a long time, do not forget to use plastic bottles to store water for the plants.
1. Self-watering plant pots
Self-watering potted plants make it much easier for women to grow plants when the soil always maintains a moderate moisture content and does not have to be watered every day. All you need is a two-liter plastic bottle and a few wicks.
First, you need to rinse the bottle to remove any remaining dirt. Next, cut across the body of the bottle, separating the top 1/3 and the bottom 2/3. Then flip the top down. The upper areas are where the soil, media and seeds are stored, and the lower areas contain a mixture of water and nutrients.
Pour water into the bottom of the bottle until it reaches the bottom of the upside-down cap. Thread the wicks through the mouth of the cork. Keep 2/3 of the wick in the top half so that when the seed sprouts, the roots don’t have to reach too far to reach a moist, nutrient-packed medium.
Wrap foil around the bottom of your bottle because plants aren’t the only creatures that love water, nutrients, and light. If there is too much light, algae will grow. Your small garden will be full of unpleasant stench.
2. Mini greenhouse
Young plants are easily affected by the outside environment such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, etc. Mini greenhouses from plastic bottles will help plants grow 1.5 times more stable, while still receiving enough light. for photosynthesis.
After sowing the seeds into the soil, you take advantage of the plastic bottles in the house to shoot above the potted plant. Every day, remove the top ‘glass’ to water and allow the pot to air out for about 30 minutes and then cover.
3. “Water storage cellar” for plants
Often times, even though the surface is wet with water, the soil below is still dry because the water does not penetrate enough to wet the bottom, but only spreads on the upper surface. Roots without water will not grow well. Therefore, it is necessary to make a “tunnel” to store water below for the tree.
You find a medium sized bottle, punch a lot of holes around the bottle wall. Bury the bottle tightly in the ground so that only the mouth and neck of the bottle are above the ground. Pour water to cover the mouth of the bottle.
After a while, the soil around the bottle will “shrink”, creating a gap between the bottle wall and the soil. The air will follow that into the holes along the wall of the bottle, pushing part of the water in the bottle to seep into the soil. When the soil is properly moist, it will “expand”, closing the gap between the bottle wall and the soil, helping the water in the bottle to stop flowing.
During that time, the soil around the bottle will always be moist to help provide water for the surrounding plant roots to grow well. In addition, the circulation between water and air will help plant roots absorb more oxygen (oxygen gas) and remove impurities (carbon dioxide). As a result, the plant will grow better.
This way, people just need to look at the water level in the bottle to know if the soil is dry or wet and know when to water.
4. Plant watering cans
With new seeds or plants that have just grown and are weak, if watered with a hose, it is easy to crush and damage the tree. If you don’t have a mist nozzle, you can use a plastic bottle, punch a few more small holes.
Use a bottle with a handle to make it easier to operate.
The strong pressure of the faucet is reduced by fitting into the plastic bottle nozzle.
5. Space saving hanging garden
Vegetables grown in plastic bottles are as lush as those grown in pots, styrofoam boxes but save space. You can hang many chains of bottles in parallel vertical rows along the fence, wall.
6. Plant infusion tank
In the summer, families often travel. Maintaining daily watering of plants is not easy. The hard part shows the wisdom, people make containers with drip pipes to wet the potted plants in the garden. Simply place this water tank higher than the potted plant, and then insert the end of each drip tube into the potting soil.