While watering cans are cheap to buy, as the little fella plays with them, I prefer to have a separate one for fertiliser.
This jug can be used whether you make your own fertiliser or whether you use the store-bought stuff. At the moment, we apply a little seaweed fertiliser to the lettuce every now and then, when the sad looking things need a little feed.
The requirements this jug had to fill were: needed to be free, quick and easy to make, easy to measure, easy to mix, easy to pour (particularly on tender seedlings).
What you need:
- a plastic milk or juice jug or similar – I used a 3 litre milk jug
- two lids that fit the jug
- a measuring jug
- a permanent marker
- a hammer and nail or sharp knife to make the holes
- Using a measuring jug, pour 500mls of water into your milk jug at a time and mark the increments with a permanent marker.
- In one lid, punch some holes using the hammer and nail or knife so that it resembles a watering spout. Start with just a few holes (4 or so) and add more as needed (In the picture I went overboard with the holes). If your lid has a little insert in it, it will probably fall out as you punch the holes, saving you having to pry it out first.
- Measure the appropriate amount of water into your jug, then add the appropriate amount of fertiliser either according to your homemade recipe or the directions on the bottle.
- Secure the lid without the holes and give the bottle a good shake to mix.
- Swap to the lid with the holes to pour.
- Store in a safe spot.
Now all my lettuces need is some sunlight…
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.