It's so easy to make self-watering pots from used milk bottles. They are free and make propagating seeds a breeze.
Not only do they keep your little seedlings hydrated much longer, by cultivating your own seedlings, you can choose from a much wider selection of food varieties and contribute to the protection of seed diversity.
This is how to do it. (For more details, watch the film.)
All you need is a milk bottle, scissors, sand, compost/potting mix, seeds and water.
Cut in half the bottle and put in an overflow hole in the base to prevent plants from flooding.
Put a few centimetres of sand in the bottom of the base.
Turn the top upside down and press into the base.
Fill with compost or good potting mix.
Make impressions in the soil for the seeds. Cover the seeds with soil.
Gently water the seeds in until the water comes out of the overflow.
Make sure to label the seeds.
Film #8: How to Make Self-Watering Pots by Morag Gamble
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If you enjoyed this film and like a hands-on approach to learning, I invite you to join me in my garden at the Permaculture Life Workshop over the next couple of months.