Quck and Easy - Soaker Bucket




Last spring I planted 150 baby trees around my property. Wouldn't you know we started a dry season last year that has gone on into this year. With these new trees spread over my entire yard, I had to come up with an efficient way to get them watered.

All you need for this project is a roll of duct tape and an old plastic pot.

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Step 1: Plug Holes

This is a very simple project. All you need to do is plug all but one of the holes. As you see in the picture, that can be done with a few inches of magic duct tape. Make sure the pot is somewhat clean before applying the tape. This will help it stick forever.

Step 2: Plug the Final Hole

That last hole should not be fully plugged. You should leave room for water to come out. Depending on how fast you want the water to come out will determine how large of an opening you want to leave.

Step 3: Mark Where the Hole Is

I have found it very handy to add a small piece of duct tape at the top of the pot on the side where the hole is. This speeds up the process of grabbing the pot and placing it properly so the water is coming out in the direction you want.

Step 4: Test Your Soaker Bucket

Now that you have all of the holes plugged and have left one with a little room for water to escape, it is time to give it a test. place your pot somewhere and fill it with water. If you have a specific flow rate you are trying to achieve, you can time how long it take the water to drain out. If the flow rate is too great, close the hole up. If it is too slow, open it up.

Now you are ready to place this next to your baby trees and give them a drink. I find the faster way to use this is to fill the soaker bucket by dunking it in a large bucked of water and then placing it next to the tree. I had been placing the soaker bucket next to my trees and then filling them from pail but that turned out to take about twice as much time. And with 150 trees to water, time it... well, time is time.



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    5 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I like this idea. Simple. Most people have the supplies on hand already and it really can't fail...unless it's user error, like forgetting to bring the water out. :-) Great Instructable!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    If you have house cats, or know someone who does, start collecting the plastic cat liter jugs. They make great watering containers for outdoor garden plants and trees. Remove the screw on lid. Use an ice pick to punch a couple holes about an inch or two above the bottom edge. (You can put these holes on more than one side and water several plants at once.) Place beside your plant and fill with water. The water that is left in the bottom will keep the jugs in place. Got this idea from "Mother Earth News" reader write in! Works great and I know exactly how much water my garden is getting. And best yet...They stay put on our windy Kansas days!


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I only have 5 right now that I use. I have an adult sized wagon (holds 1000 lbs) that I load up with a large trash can and large bucket. I fill both up with water and pull them around from tree to tree. As I get to a tree, I load a soaker up with water and place it next to the tree. By the time I have used up my 5 soaker, I can go back and pick up the first one. I will make more as I replace trees or get other mid-sized plants that have this size pot. I have a few larger pots that would hole about 5 gallons of water that I could turn into the mother of all soaker buckets! There's an idea........


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice. I've got a few still-new fruit trees, and it doesn't rain here between April and October. I'll give this a try, since I'm normally terrible about remembering to water.