Waterers for outside plants

ccmarks(Nashville, TN)June 28, 2009

So, I need to find something easy (and cheap preferably!) to water my outdoor plants when I'm out of town. Just the ones in pots. I'm scared of anything on timers from the faucet in case there's a problem I don't want the water running not stop. They have those "globes" at Home Depot, but seems like they'd get expensive and I'm looking at about a dozen planters. Any easy ideas of something I can make myself or buy cheap?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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madmouser(7 TN)

Maybe Aquaspikes? you fill a 1 liter or 2 liter soda bottle with water and screw the spike to the end and stick it in the pot. It drips the water down as needed.
See website below for more info.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aquaspikes

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 1:24AM
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My mom has a lot of things in pots. She has mentioned putting her pots in a shallow tray with some water to get them through a few days of being gone. I have also heard of people employing kiddie pools in this same manner.

I like the soda bottle idea too! :)

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 11:00AM
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ladybug37091(z7 Tennessee)

How about a bucket of water with ropes stuck in the water on one end and the other in the soil. Try an experiment before you have to leave to see just how many rope "wicks" you would need per pot. Rhonda

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 5:21PM
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Soak the plants, then fill some soda bottles and use a hot nail to poke holes in the screw on top. Sink the bottle into the soil. It will release the water as needed.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 9:24PM
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