One of the many hands-on projects that will be featured at OC Mini Maker Faire 2013, are the self-watering recycled bottle seed starting planters! Here are the details on the project, if you want to try it out at home:
Self-Watering Recycled Bottle Planters
Remove the label from the bottle.
Carefully poke or cut holes into the bottle, near the neck, to help water seep into the soil. A soldering iron, awl, knife or scissors can be used. (Note to parents: This step should be completed by adults or older children.)
Carefully cut the bottle in half. If using scissors, it helps to pinch the bottle slightly to allow the scissors to grip the plastic. Trim the base down until the mouth of the bottle nearly touches the bottom, when inverted inside the base of the bottle. (Note to parents: This step should be completed by adults or older children.)
Place a piece of paper towel to cover the hole in the bottle, or use a coffee filter to line the bottle opening – both methods help keep the soil from escaping.
Add water to the base, add soil to the top, plant desired seeds, and place the top into the base. You’re ready to grow!
There are many variations of this project on the interwebs! Many thanks to desperategardener.com for the photos you see here!