Last week, Abby and her volunteers from the St. Johns County 4-H group came to share some information about how to grow plants and maintain them!
We made and decorated self-watering planters out of 2 liter soda bottles (she recommended green bottles). These planters are so cool because you can put your water in the bottom and leave them until the water has dried up! Check out our photos below!
What you need to make your own planter:
One 2 liter bottle (of the green variety)
An 8” by 8” square of fabric (cutting an old T-shirt works great!)
Your plant/herb of choice
Decorations for your planter
Directions: Cut your bottle all the way around (1/4 from the bottom). Then, flip the top - so the spout sits nicely in the bottom. Now, you can pull your T-shirt fabric through the spout. You’ll want to spread it out evenly around the inside of the bottle, with just enough sticking out the bottom (the t-shirt is going to suck the water from the bottom and feed the plant on top). Next, fill your bottle with potting soil (about 3/4 to the top), and put your plant in. Make sure more potting soil is put over your plant, so the roots aren’t exposed (but don’t drown your plant in soil either). Now, you can lift the top of your bottle out and just add water to the bottom! Yay! You did it! Don’t forget to refill the water reservoir whenever it gets dry!