More great ideas from Alison

Do your basil plants die ?

Are you sick of buying new ones from the supermarket or garden centre?

If so, why not make a simple self-watering pot from a plastic bottle that delivers the right amount of water to the right place , the roots . Watering around stems just rots them .

You’ll need a plastic bottle, a scrap of felt or similar, scissors, a plant , soil and water .

Cover up the plastic on your self-watering pot.

You’ll need a selection of green and brown acrylic paints , brushes , water pots, tissue and card or paper .