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.

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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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    7 Discussions


    1 year 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.

    1 reply

    Reply 2 months ago

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


    7 months ago

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


    7 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.

    2 replies

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


    Reply 3 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 ....