Easy Drip Irrigation

by Natasha Starkell | 09.09.2013 | vegetables , irrigation , water | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

Easy Drip Irrigation

Easy Drip Irrigation

Are you forever in and out of the garden watering plants? At this time of year it can seem like a constant job trying to stop the plants from wilting.

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Are you forever in and out of the garden watering plants? At this time of year it can seem like a constant job trying to stop the plants from wilting.

Tomato plants seem to be worst for it this year, but fingers crossed if we keep them well watered we'll get a good crop. It can be tricky watering your plants every day but there is an easier way. You could buy an irrigation system, but when most of us are trying to grow some fruit and veg to save money, splashing out on an expensive watering system seems pretty counter productive; however, you can make your own drip irrigation system for free, just by using an old pop bottle!

It's very easy. Just follow these simple steps...

1) Cut off the bottom of the bottle with a serrated edged knife.

2) Make a few holes in the lid of the bottle. Using a drill is the easiest way to do this as the plastic of the lid can be quite tough. Drill around 5 to 7 holes. The smaller the holes, the slower the water will seep out, but if they're too small they can get clogged up with soil

3) Dig a hole near a plant or group of plants, about half the depth of your bottle.

4) Put the lid back on the bottle, turn it upside down and place it in the hole you've made for it. Pack the soil around it to make sure it's stable.

5) Fill with water!

That's it, your easy drip irrigation system is up and running!

Photo credit: epSos.de / Foter / CC BY


Natasha Starkell
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