What to do when we go for a week vacation and we can’t water our potted plants??? Like my 450 basil baby plants that I’m nurturing at present??!! The folks from Provident Living have the answer: make your own drip irrigation system. This, is worthy of further investigation and indeed, extensive experimentation!
Sub – (drip) Irrigation System Benefits
The benefits of this particular irrigation systems are manifold:
1. the water goes straight to the roots and isn’t wasted on watering the plants’ foliage instead.
2. the drip irrigation method helps your plants to learn to live with little water and thrive in this way.
3. the reservoirs, i.e. the recycled plastic bottles, are easy to refill, so you are not going to ask your neighbors too much when asking for some help with watering your plants.
4.this ‘system’ is easy to build. It is in fact no more and no less than a recycled right-side up 2-ltr. plastic drinks bottle with 2 holes punched in the sides and 2 in the bottom. Plant it deep next to your plants you wish to water.
5. Last but not least, I love the recycling aspect of the system.
In one word: ideal.
Tip: by screwing the caps back onto the bottles after refilling, the water is released slower.
Experiment and find out what works best for your watering needs. There are many variables, such as the density of the soil, the size of the holes, etc. It takes a bit of trial and error to get it to work for you. After that,.. there’s no going back without.
source / image credit: http://www.providentliving.org.nz/gardening/bottle-drip-irrigation/
Drip Irrigation System
Just in case it’s not going to work out for you, here are a couple of different drip irrigation system kits, all for < $50, some for as low as $15. Not saying to give up on DIY projects using recycled materials, but these irrigation systems are more suitable for larger yards.
Want to do more with recycled plastic bottles? Try vertical gardening. These pictures / video will expand your horizon… and your food supply. Fresh herbs daily, why not?! Even if you live on a high rise. Check out Vertical gardening using recycled plastic bottles.
Learn More About Drip Irrigation Systems
Learn to Grow Your Own Organics
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Now, all you’ll need is soil, water and seeds to begin…