Plant feeders are a really simple way to keep your plants alive when you go out of town.

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of buying houseplants. As the long Chicago winter approaches, I think it would be nice to be surrounded by some greenery. There’s just one problem though – I’m terrible at keeping plants alive. For whatever reason, I only remember to water plants once they’ve turned brown and droopy, and I tend to overcompensate by watering them too much, as if that’ll somehow undo the damage. And then, of course, there’s the issue of what to do with the plants when I travel. I had essentially come to the conclusion that plants are not intended for people with a nomadic lifestyle – unless they’re willing to settle for a house full of cactus, that is.

But, my hopes of growing a little indoor garden were reignited when I stumbled across this little guy – the bird plant feeder. It’s a hollow glass bird that you fill with water and insert into the soil. The reservoir will then slowly release the water over time – this one apparently waters plants for up to two weeks! That kind of time period would surely cover the average person’s vacations, business trips and weekends away… and for those of us non-green thumbs, it might just be what we need to keep our plants alive even when we are home.