I'll call it a water dial....

DaMonkey007(10b - Miami)April 1, 2012

Hey Folks!

So I'm sure you've all found yourself standing in front of one of your plants, saying to yourself "Now, when did I water this last?". Even if you check the soil moisture regularly with a dowel, it's nice to know when the last time you water was, right?

I set out to solve this problem for myself, using stuff that I already had laying around. This is what I came up with, I hope you like it!

First, I grabbed one of these label stakes...

Then drilled a small hole in the middle...

Next, I placed the days of the week around the hole in a clock like fashion...

For the hand, I just opened up one of these little eye hooks, like so...

Screw in the hook, stick it in the soil, and point it to the last day you watered, Saturday in this case...

Then, next time around, spin it to Tuesday (or whatever), and so on.....

Voila! My home spun "water dial"!!! Never forget when you watered.....ever again!!!!

LOL!

I love it!!

PJ

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TheMasterGardener1(5B)

I will have 40 potted plants this year, maybe I should go out and make 40 of these.....

;)

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 9:42AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Excellent, PJ!
I like that kind of ingenuity!

For those with multiple potted plants, simply group plants together
and refer to a single water-dial for the entire section. No need for 40 of them.

Josh

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 12:09PM
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TheMasterGardener1(5B)

It is a good idea.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 2:02PM
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DaMonkey007(10b - Miami)

Thanks for the positivity, as always, Josh! Also, good point on the grouping. I just came in from putting some of these out, and that's exactly what I ended up doing. I'll tell you though, these things take all of about 30 seconds to make from start to finish....lol...so even if you DID want to make 40....it wouldn't be a big deal at all. It would probably take you longer to run down to Home Depot and back, than it would to actually make them. That is unless you are completely incompetent with a drill and a pair of plyers, LOL ;). Anywho, I know they are going to be useful...especially on things like peppers and citrus....those that don't get attention as often. I hope that these lil' gadgets give someone out there as much satisfaction as they gave me!

PJ

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 4:09PM
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PJ

great idea & simple to make!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 4:41PM
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TheMasterGardener1(5B)

especially on things like peppers and citrus....

Hey, that is really cool. I grow peppers in containers and I want to grow citrus as soon as I move where it is warmer!! lol :)

I have seen lime trees grown in containers and really want to do it. What citrus do you have PJ?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 7:17PM
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