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How To: Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots

How To: Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots
A few weeks ago the girls and I did a project that I've been enjoying every day since. We repurposed 2 liter bottles and turned them into self-watering planters for starting our tomatoes and cucumbers indoors. They've been sitting on the window sill near my desk and I've been watching them grow every day. It's been the perfect antidote for the bummer weather we've been having here in Seattle. I've tried starting seeds indoors several different ways over the years. So far this is my favorite method because the soil is always exactly the right moisture level and it's very easy to see with the naked eye when it's time to add water to the planter.

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