Through complete incompetence and neglect, some of my petunias went to seed this summer past. I thought that was the dandiest thing and I collected the seeds (which as it turns out are TINY). I figured I’d try planting them since all those flowers at the greenhouse have to start somehow.
I saw a self-watering windowsill herb set up on Pinterest http://www.designsponge.com/2010/05/we-like-it-wild-bottle-gardens.html and decided to try the same thing myself and grow petunias indoors in the winter.
I used a plastic drink bottle that Hubby had bought for work one day and cut the top off near the stem. The top has to fit inside the bottom without touching the bottom. I also punched a large nail through the cap for the self watering cotton string later.
Then I painted the bottle with some of the pink paint I’d bought to redo my laundry room. I used the very easy method of dipping each piece into the paint can then setting it in the plastic top of a store-bought muffin container to drip dry. The muffin top had two support pillars that I set the bottle halves on so they wouldn’t topple over.
Once dry I folded a piece of cotton string in half and tied a knot at the top so it wouldn’t slip through the hole in the bottle cap. I threaded it through the hole so the two “legs” would dangle into the water of the larger cup piece. I then put the cap back on the bottle neck and turned the thing upside down into the larger bottom cup.
I filled the top stem part with dirt and planted my seeds. I filled the bottom part almost 1/2 full with water and set the top part inside. I put the whole thing on our bedroom windowsill and we’ll see what happens.