DIY Drip Irrigation Bottles

Introduction: DIY Drip Irrigation Bottles

About: In a valiant attempt to keep myself from dying of boredom, I create.
Vine garden plants, like pumpkins, zucchini, cantaloupe etc. don’t do well with sprinkler systems.  They like just their roots watered.  Also we live in a state that is a desert and is approaching its 7th or 8th year of draught.  So we need to control our water consumption even that used to water our garden.  When I came across this idea here:  http://www.providentliving.org.nz/gardening/bottle-drip-irrigation/, I thought, brilliant!  Today we planted our little garden, and we planted a bottle, to provide drip irrigation beside each plant.  My Hubby was so excited because, we would be watering mainly the plants we wanted to water instead of every possible weed.  Also we can add some plant fertilizer in to the bottle every 2 to 3 weeks, and thus feed the plants and not the weeds.     Yes, let’s get started.

Step 1:

Supplies:
Empty 2 liter bottle
Box cutter
Garden trowel

Step 2:

Take the label off the empty 2 liter bottle.

Step 3:

With the box cutter put a small slit in the bottom half of the bottle.  Put another slit on the opposite side of the first slit.

Step 4:

Turn the bottle upside down and put 3 medium or 5 small slits in the bottom.

Step 5:

Now fill the bottle with water and see how the water drips out.  It needs to be a slow drip.  Empty the bottle.

Step 6:

Take the bottle out to the garden and dig a wide, deep hole and bury the bottom 2/3rds of the bottle next to a plant.

Step 7:

Fill the bottle ¾’s full of water. And the water will slowly seep into the soil, keeping moist the soil around the plant roots.

Create as many as you want or need.

Step 8:

It is suggested that you fill the bottles daily, in the evening.  I am excited to see how it works.  Enjoy!
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    11 Comments

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    Judith756
    Judith756

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea. I hate having to water my container plants daily, this would work well for them also.
    Was wondering exactly how often you did end up having to re-fill your bottles.
    Thanks for the ible.

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    craftknowitall
    craftknowitall

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    With temperatures in the 100's, twice a day, morning and evening. Doesn't take much water though. Thanks for looking.

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    prdewa
    prdewa

    Reply 6 years ago

    May be you could reduce the seapage rate by closing the cap .... I hope it doesn't create strong vacuum that the water can't escape at all .... Some experimentation is necessary ..... I am not even a beginner ..... Thanks for sharing the idea ....

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    Matthew Yang
    Matthew Yang

    Reply 2 months ago

    No, the plants can grow roots on the side of or into the bottle to suck on the water. The roots' suction is enough to conquer the vacuum.

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    BeatriceR7
    BeatriceR7

    Question 2 years ago on Step 8

    Hi there, like you I want a system that only waters my plants not the weeds & saves time. Having disabilities I cant stand around watering. This did not work for me, I tried a few different ways, any thoughts. The water just flows out when I try it in the sink. Also whats the point of the slits in the side of the bottle? x

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    Matthew Yang
    Matthew Yang

    Answer 2 months ago

    It's because it's not snug in the soil. In the soil, it drains slowly because all the water is either blocked or absorbed by the soil (soil abosorbs water slowly and all the rest is blocked). Place it in the soil and test it. Make sure to push it as tightly as you can into the soil and make sure to push on the soil on the side of the bottle to make sure it is snug with all the soil. The slits are to direct the water towards the shallow roots of the small garden plants (their roots don't grow deep, unlike trees). The holes on the bottom of the bottle are supposed to direct any water that the plant didn't absorb away from the surface of the soil so that it doesn't sit there, get moldy, and hurt the plant.

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    Matthew Yang
    Matthew Yang

    2 months ago

    Great idea. I made three ( two for the garden (it's too large to water by one bottle, but is smaller than the average garden, which usually require 4 large 2 liter bottles) and one for the lemon tree (tiny tree (it has white mold and fungus on its leaves and needs its leaves brushed and cleaned and also has small bugs (aphids)))) using a small yogurt bottle that has a large mouth. The large mouth is for easy filling (so that less water is wasted in the ever-growing draught here in San Jose, Calfornia). The mouth is also buried at ground level so that it can catch all the rainwater it can (so that I won't have to use as much water from the faucet compared to how much I would have to use without any rain all year long (that would also cause San Jose to become a desert)). However, all the rest of the plants (trees) have very deep roots that are deeper so they can't use the water supplied at such a shallow place and need upturned bottles that dunk more water deeper underground to quench their thirst that requires a lot more water to quench.

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    boocat
    boocat

    4 years ago

    Once, I found a young dead mouse in one of my thoughtlessly left-out buckets. Since then, I have been careful to either leave a stick sitting in whatever it is so any critters who fall in can climb out again, or I cover it. I want to try this idea. I think I'll see if I can keep the cap threaded down just enough to stay on the bottle mouth, but not enough to cause a vacuum and defeat the beneficial effect. Thanks for the idea.

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    AleF4
    AleF4

    Reply 2 years ago

    You can just make a small hole to deal with the vacuum

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    ReginaW9
    ReginaW9

    3 years ago

    I will try this method for my garden this year. Thanks for sharing.