And so far- they really work!
They're also great for those who want to grow indoors. They're low-maintenance (hence "self-watering") and they're very easy to make. Here's how:
Self-Watering Seed Starters:
- Plastic bottles (1.5 - 2 liter bottles work better)
- Thick string or yarn (cotton or poly work fine)
- Phillips screwdriver
- Sharp blade or scissors to cut the bottles
1. Cut the bottles in half very carefully.
2. Take the caps and poke holes in the middle of them. Do this by hammering the Phillips screwdriver through the top. Make sure you have something under the caps, like a cutting board.
3. Cut a 12inch piece of string or yarn for each bottle. Fold in half and make a knot towards the fold to make a small loop.
4. Put the string/yarn through the hole in the bottle cap, making sure the loop is in the inside of the cap.
5. Screw the caps on the bottles. Turn the top half upside down into the bottom half. Then plant your seeds. (I planted 2 corn seeds in each of my bottles)
6. Then water your seeds. The first time you water your seeds, you need to water them from the top. Then the next day, you can fill the bottom half of the bottle with water.
7. Then just wait! I change the water out every week or so. I don't know if it's necessary, but I do it anyways.
After doing these two, I became addicted and have started three more (as you can see from the very first picture at the top).
Here's how my corn is doing:
October 24th- 1st day I planted them:
October 27th- already starting to sprout:
November 2nd-- today. They'll be transplanted into the garden soon: