Have you every accidentally crushed seedlings by watering them too forcefully? I certainly have, and it makes me sad every time. But never fear! I have created a simple alternative to clumsily trying to water plant babies with a drinking glass.
At first, a plastic water bottle with holes poked into the top seemed like the perfect solution to my seedling watering woes, but I don’t want to feed my lettuce water that has been stored in plastic any more than I want to drink bottled water myself.
Here is a more elegant (and plastic free) DIY upcycled watering can made from a wine bottle. It’s super easy to make, and has a nice long narrow neck for reaching the bases of plants.
- Empty screw top wine bottle
- Thumb tack
With the tack, poke a bunch of holes through the top of the wine bottle. Take the top off and make sure the holes are unobstructed. On my cap I removed a plastic liner like on the inside of soda bottles. Fill the bottle up with water, put the cap back on, and that’s it! The bottle doesn’t squeeze like a plastic one, but shaking nicely creates a steady stream of water.
Green watering tip: Reduce your water usage by saving water when you run the sink from hot to cold or from abandoned drinking glasses to water plants.