When my husband built our new greenhouse I knew that I would have to come up with a convenient way to water the plants. Eventually I would love to have a rain-barrel that collects water from the gutters (which we don’t have yet either). But until then I simply keep a five gallon bucket in the greenhouse full of water and use it to water the plants.
The greenhouse sits next to our HVAC unit which has a drainage pipe coming from the house that constantly drips water. I thought what a waste of that water. It sure would be nice to be able to use the wasted water, so I decided to place another five gallon bucket under the drainage spout and collect that water (it’s FREE). I don’t know about you but at our house the water bill goes up drastically in the summer when we have to water plants. Collecting this water may not eliminate the increase in the water bill but it will help lower it. I’m amazed at how quickly the bucket fills up.
A friend of my suggested that I use crushed eggshells soaked in water to water my house plants. I have been taking her advise for a couple of months and noticed that the plants have really improved. This gave me the idea to keep crushed egg shells in the watering bucket which stays in the greenhouse and give the new plants a boost. Whenever I have eggshells left from breakfast I simply crush them and add them to the bucket. The eggshells provide calcium to energize the plants (FREE fertilizer). I think they like it a lot! The above tomato plant was started from seed in the middle of February and it looks like it is about to bloom.
What are some of the unique ways that you water and feed your plants?