Green Garden Hack

Posted on July 21, 2011 by Jody

Well, it’s the middle of July again and if your garden is anything like mine, you just can’t water enough. ¬†And even if you do keep up with watering, it only takes one very hot day to destroy months of progress as your garden wilts in the sun.

Of course, someone is always willing to sell you something to solve your problems, but why purchase something when you can simply re-purpose something you already have?

What You’ll Need:

  1. wine bottle
  2. thirsty plants

Simply fill the wine bottle with water, quickly flip it upside down and push the open end of the bottle into the dirt.  Depending on how hot it is, and how much your plants like water, this simple trick can save you a few (and sometimes several) days of watering.

This trick works especially well with patio plants and seedlings you are trying to establish- I don’t think my tomato plants would have ever survived without it- but it also works well as a supplement for especially sunny areas that might need just a little more water than other areas in your garden.

So okay, your garden may look like you hosted a wine party, but the bottles are often small enough to be hidden behind larger plants or you can pick only the green and brown wine bottles to better blend into your garden landscape.

Wine bottles not your thing? If you are working on getting seeds started, check out this handy irrigation technique (scroll down near the bottom of the post)- I might have to start collecting 2 liter bottles for this very purpose!

Happy Gardening!



  1. Great tip! I’m going to try this — my tomato plants cannot get enough water in this hot sun!

    July 21st, 2011 at 10:26 am
    Comment by Courtney
  2. Doesn’t the water just drain from the bottle within a few minutes?

    July 21st, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    Comment by Mickey
  3. thanks for the tip. loveeee it.

    July 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    Comment by jorjiapeach
  4. Love this idea!!!! I’m going to get busy emptying wine bottles so I can try this out! ;)

    August 1st, 2011 at 11:15 am
    Comment by Cathy

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