Self Watering Planters

Cuttings planted in self watering planters made from recycled 2 litre bottles.

  • Cut the top third off a two-litre plastic bottle.
  • Drill a small hole in the cap.
  • Pass a string through the hole.
  • Fill the bottom of the bottle with water, reaching just below the cap.
  • Place the top upside-down in the bottom half of the bottle and plant your cutting.
  • The string will pull the water up the string wick into the soil.
  • As you can see it works very well for cuttings.

This is so true..

“Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.”  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897

A lot of the herbs established in the garden are cuttings taken from selections of cut herb packs bought in the supermarket. Rosemary, sage, thyme and mint are all doing well.

As you can see any size or shape bottle will do. Sage cutting in small bottle. Seeds in a large empty vinegar bottle.
Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Verbena, Rue, Wilde Als (artemisia indigenous to South Africa) amongst others all thrived in these planters.

The link below takes you to a lovely clear picture of a planter….

http://www.flickr.com/photos/67029806@N00/3865507914/

Self explanatory diagram….

If you study this diagram you get a pretty clear idea what to do.

So easy and very effective.

Have fun. I love growing from cuttings.

“Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.”  ~Lewis Gannit.

….or in my case an irresistible impulse to get up and take a cutting!!