Two seasons ago, hubby and I converted our breakfast nook into an indoor greenhouse. It is just too cold here in west central Colorado to start seeds outside without a really good greenhouse with heat — which we don’t have. It turned out really cool and I will write more on that in a later post. Problem was, I didn’t have a way of getting water to the flats of seeds. I had to take one flat at a time to the kitchen sink, lift a four pack out, add water to the flat and then let the water soak up through the four packs. Then I had to pack them back to the greenhouse. Considering we started out with four flats of peppers and four flats of tomatoes (each flat holds 12 four packs or 48 possible plants) and I planned to expand into flowers, herbs, and vegetables, I knew it would take a LOT of work to water that many flats. I needed an indoor watering system.
In passing, I mentioned to my hubby that I wish I had some way to water everything while it was in the indoor greenhouse – so I did not have to carry them one by one to the kitchen sink. I could just see me carrying a full flat of freshly watered seedlings back and tripping and losing the whole kit and caboodle! “Ya know, like they have in the real nurseries,” I said. Well, hubby dearest gets this little gleam in his eyes and said, “Let me think about it a bit.” We are very much a make it ourself type family and make do with what we have on hand. Within a day, he had come up with a watering system for my greenhouse complete with a watering wand that I can shut off at the wand!
This is sooooo cool and I’ll try to explain it as best as possible so that you can DIY or your hubby can do it.
Here Is What You’ll Need
- Indoor plumbing that you can connect to — he hooked ours up to the washing machine where the hose from the washer connects to the plumbing. You could probably hook it to the kitchen sink with a bit of different plumbing pieces.
- A “Y” connector with shut off valves.
- 1/4 in ID hose (this is a inter-diameter hose) — make sure it is plenty long enough to reach all the way to whatever you need to water.
- Connector to screw onto the “Y” connector.
- A sprayer nozzle from an old 1 gallon weed sprayer with a shut off valve.
- Another connector to hook the hose to the hose of the sprayer nozzle.
Here Are the Instructions
SHUT THE WATER OFF! Put the Y connector between the shut off and the cold water line to the washing machine. Hook your watering hose to the other side of the Y connector with the other connector. At the other end of the hose hook your sprayer nozzle with the last connector. It should look like this:
Turn your water back on and make sure it goes to the washing machine and then carefully test your new watering system. You may have to adjust the tightness to ensure that it doesn’t leak. You can use the shut off on the Y connector to adjust the water flow to your new watering system. If you like, cut the tip off the wand so that the water doesn’t spray, and instead, flows. Here is the sprayer wand:
Last, hubby installed a large hook to loop the hose over. We put an old ice cream bucket under the nozzle for in case of leaks. Problem SOLVED! I have the greatest hubby ever! He heard my issue, listened to me, and just did what needed done!
Do you have ideas about how best to water your indoor seedlings? Share them in the reply section below!
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