Cultivate Simple Podcast in iTunes Chiot's Run on Facebook Chiot's Run on Twitter Chiot's Run on Pinterest Chiot's Run on Flickr RSS Feed StumbleUpon

A Favorite Free Item

March 29th, 2017

Many years ago (in fact I think one of the first years I started seeds), I started using an old dish soap container to water my seedlings. I think that this is the still the original container, which means it’s probably 15 years old.

This container waters seedlings like a dream, especially soil block, which can be sensitive to too much water at once. You can drop water onto flats that haven’t terminated yet without worry about washing away seeds. You can also squirt a lot of water at once when you’re bottom watering entire flats of seedlings.

The only down side is that it’s small and needs refilled quite often, but that’s a small price to pay since it’s such a wonderful (and free) tool.

Do you have any items you repurposed for gardening that you’d love to share?

2 Comments to “A Favorite Free Item”
  1. Nebraska Dave on March 30, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Susy, I too have used water bottles with that same cap to water my seedling plants. it has great control over the amount of water dispensed over the seedlings. I’m hoping to get some seedlings hardened off this next week and set out. Cabbage and lettuce are ready but the soil temps are a bit chilly yet (45F) It’s one of those years that’s cold and rainy. My rain water storage tank (400 gallons) is already full and ready for the hot dry summer days. Things are coming together at Terra Nova Gardens with one more raised bed to build. When the soil dries out enough to work, preparation for planting will begin. It takes one digging and two more weed removals before the bed is ready for planting. I’ve discovered that first come the early Spring weeds, then comes the grass weeds, and then vines (ugh bind weed). After that the weeding is minimal with mulch.

    Have a great Spring garden prep day.

    Nebraska Dave

    Reply to Nebraska Dave's comment

  2. Joan on March 30, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I have a very large disposable plastic glass from Dunkin Donuts that I like to use to water my plants. I’m not sure why, but the water doesn’t drip off the edge when I take it away from my plants. Most other containers drip a little water all over my windowsill!

    Reply to Joan's comment

Comments RSS

Leave a Reply

Reading & Watching

Shop through these links and I get a few cents each time. It's not much, but it allows me to buy a new cookbook or new gardening book every couple months. I appreciate your support!


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

Read previous post:
Not Giving Up Yet

Winter is not willing to give up quite yet. This past week we've have quite a bit of winter weather....