We just got back from a quick trip up north to visit my in-laws. Of course, this was in the middle of a massive heat wave and I just knew I was going to come home to dead plants. So I looked into ways to water plants while you are on vacation. Our sprinklers have a timer system, but it doesn’t work properly, so we had to leave them off. I figured the grass and flower beds would survive for a few days, but I have a “flower tower” on my front porch, and a very thirsty hydrangea that I would hate to see wither and die. I researched a few different ideas that were on Pinterest, and decided to go with the simplest one. Just fill a plastic water bottle with water, punch several small holes in the lid, and then push into the soil at an angle. When I returned, the flowers were still alive and you can see in the photo above that the bottle had been emptied about half way. You can also see that the soil was still dark and moist, so I would call this a success! Don’t spend money on those fancy globes, or pay someone to come water your plants every day while you’re on vacation when you can set these little automatic watering bottles for free!