Three DIY Watering Systems to Keep Plants Alive While You're Away

Preeeetty sure I'll earn my crazy plant lady badge with this one, but seriously I put so much time, money, and energy into my plants and it's such a disappointment to feel like a bad plant mom. It just is. Then people go on to say they have black thumbs and they're not good at taking care of things and how will I ever get my life together if I can't even take care of a plant. You know the drill. I made up these watering hacks for when you're lucky enough to go on vacation, but you can just use them if you're lazy, busy, or have a black thumb or whatever combination of the aforementioned labels you feel comfortable with. 

Hack number one, take your old beer bottles wash them out and fill them with fresh water. This one, like all of them is really simple, the only real trick is to turn the bottle over fast to not spill out all the water. You'll also want to push it pretty deep into packed dirt. A bit of dirt will go into the bottle to slow down the water flow. If you really want the water to come out slowly, you can cover it with some twice folded cheesecloth, secured with a rubber band. 

The next hack is equally simple, for plants that new a lot of water like the sweet basil in this picture. I actually use this on a regular basis to keep basil healthy. I have three varieties and it works for all of them. Just fill a bowl with water and place your plant inside the water. The plant will soak up the water through its roots. I know basil can be a bit finicky and high-maintenance, but try a few of these tips to keep your healthy

For the third hack you'll need some yarn, rope, or twine in a cup of water. All you do here is drop your yarn into the water and over time it will start to soak through and then the other end will go in the plant. I try to bury the yarn a bit so it won't move too much while I'm gone and give it enough slack for the dropping water levels. I used this watering technique mostly for succulents, just in case they get really, really dried out while I'm gone, because even though these are lower maintenance, doesn't mean they don't need any water at all. Just a security measure. Oh yeah, my growing celery is in there, too and I really don't want that one to dry out while I'm gone. 

Oh, if you noticed those rainbows in the beginning of the post and want to learn to get more in your own photos. Three things: Light bouncing off water, low sun (think late afternoon), and the big one is, turn your camera's white balance to cloudy, although you may have to edit out some yellow-y or dull tones — it'll let more light in than the auto white balance feature.