I would like to show you how I intercepted a plastic container that was headed to the landfill and converted it into a simple, but effective, drip irrigation system.
My wife buys cat litter in these huge plastic containers. I hate to throw these containers in the trash. They have to be useful for something, I thought.
I took one of the containers, drilled three holes in the bottom, and then filled the container will saved rainwater. As you can see in the video below, it does a good job of slowing the water to a trickle, giving the water time to penetrate the soil and go down deep to the plant’s roots. The water is conserved.
Also shown in the video:
- Update on the tomato plants growing from old seed (8 years old!)
- Companion planting carrots with tomatoes.
I especially like this system to conserve fertilizer. I can now apply fertilizer slowly at the base of the targeted plant that needs it, and not waste any fertilizer on weeds or grass. If I want to fertilize a zucchini plant, I now have a way to apply the fertilizer to that specific plant. I put the container down at the base of the plant and walk away to do other tasks in the garden. It takes about five minutes for the container to empty its contents into the soil. I can then fill the container back up and put the container next to another plant in need of a drink and nutrients.
If you must use water from a hose, this would work well for that, too. You could put the container next to your plant, fill it up with water from your garden hose, then walk away.
I will continue to collect large containers that were headed to the landfill. It would be convenient to have have one container per plant. So that I don’t have to carry the rainwater to the plants, I would like to use pumps to push my collected rainwater, through pipes or hoses, down to these drip containers. Maybe I could let gravity do the work, but I will need a valve system. I would this whole system automated with moisture sensors in the soil. If I do this, I’ll share the results with you. You could subscribe to the free RSS feed if you want to stay up-to-date on my garden watering projects.