Indoor plants love rainwater - fact! It contains more of the nutrients they need than tap water. So let's catch some and give them a water.
What difference does it make?
Fresh water is getting scarcer, and pumping it around uses lots of energy. Being aware of water and using it carefully is very important.
What do you need?
- Plastic bottle - the bigger the better
- Pair of scissors
- Small stones or pebbles
Step by step
Cut the bottle a couple of inches below the neck to make an open container.
Put some stones or pebbles in the bottom of the bottle to make it stable. Then put the top section into the bottom section, upside down, to make a funnel. You might need to fix the funnel bit with some staples or glue.
Put the rain collector outside and wait for weather to turn wet. It's British summertime so we're pretty sure you won't need to wait long!
Anywhere in the open air, sheltered from the wind.
The wider the cone of the upper part, the more water you'll collect.
A roof is like a giant funnel, with all the water flowing down the gutter.
A good project in the summer would be to collect water from the roof in a water butt if you don't do that already... More on that later!
Best not. But the plants will drink it happily or you can flush the loo with it.