This post is going to come with a hot second of back story: In the last 2 years, Hubby and I have moved across town, undertaken a MAJOR home renovation, and had twins while raising a toddler. All that to say, my garden is lacking (to say the least)! This is in part because I just haven’t had tons of time to get my hands in the dirt, also in part, because I am the most forgetful gardener on the face of the planet. If it doesn’t rain, you can bet my plants aren’t getting watered. Enter: the wine-bottle-plant-irrigator!! OK, so this won’t solve my problem 100% because you DO still have to refill the bottle… but it does HELP because you don’t have to fill it as often as daily watering!
This irrigator really is unbelievably easy. 1 wine bottle, a drill with a diamond drill bit and some crafty decoration supplies. I went with a clear bottle, but really any bottle will do. After you’ve had your wine, you will want to remove the label (or save it in a wine journal). I scoured Pinterest and google for “The Best Way to Remove a Wine Label” and tried several that swore they were fool proof. Maybe it was just me, but they still didn’t quite ‘fall off’ like I was promised. I finally resorted to soaking the bottle in hot water and a little blue dawn for 30 minutes. The label come off easier after soaking, but don’t be surprised if it still takes a little elbow grease to get it completely clean.
Next, drill holes:
As you can see, my drill bit was pretty tiny, I prefer it that way because I didn’t want a big hole that could let big debris in. Also, notice I used a screw cap. You can use a cork, just be VERY careful when drilling through that sucker!
Next I decorated my bottle. I kept it really simple with some chalkboard tape and white marker. I filled the inside with a long string of beads. Glass marbles or pebbles would work too. The purpose in having something in the bottle is to help filter the water and keep debris from clogging it up.
Don’t forget to decorate the bottle UPSIDE DOWN!
Last, dig a small hole where your wine bottle will go and stick it in upside down. Don’t add the water until it is IN the plant! But once it’s in there… fill away!
Depending on how big the plant is, consider putting 2 bottles in. Or for small plants, try using a beer bottle!
This is a perfect solution for the forgetful gardener (me), someone who travels a lot, or someone who really loves wine and wants to show it (also me!!)!
I love simple DIY projects that make my life easier in the long run! This wine bottle plant irrigator is no exception!