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:, 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:

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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