By putting holes on one side of a soda bottle, fastening a hole onto one end and if you want to get fancy about it put some old wheels that were laying in your gardening shed on it to pull it down the aisles of your garden. Simple, yet effective watering. And the kids will love to help you!
For those looking for the instructions on how to make the Soda Pop Bottle Watering System you see in the picture here are the instructions.
Materials you will need:
- 2 litre plastic soda bottle
- Drill with small drill bit
- Female to Female Hose Shutoff Valve (like this or similar: http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/productdetails.aspx?sku=2130008760)
Take one empty and clean soda bottle and drill roughly 10 to 20 holes on one side of the bottle using a small bit. Smaller the bit the better which will allow for water to spray instead of flow freely down the bottle.
Attach the female to female hose shutoff valve to the end of the soda bottle. Don’t worry if it will leak, it is only water your plants will love!
If you want to get fancy about it by putting wheels on it like the image shows you can find used wheels on Free Cycle, Craigslist or even purchase them at a locally owned hardware store. Make sure they are small to medium size. To securely attach them to your water bottle use a wire or wired clothes hanger and wrap around one side of the axle. Tightly wrap it around the top of the water bottle where you drilled the holes and wrap around the axle on the other side.
If you would like a more professional job you can easily make or purchase hoop ended thick wire that you can slide over the axle when the wheels are unbolted.
Thank you Lee for bringing it to our attention that the directions are for another type or water bottle watering system!
Another method to water plants is the drip irrigation system.
The materials you will need are as follows:
- 2 litre plastic soda bottle or water bottle that still has the lid
- Drill and small drill bit
- Sharp knife
- Cutting surface
Drill 4-8 small holes into the cap of the plastic bottle. If you want it to drip slower use less holes, faster use more holes. Don’t make holes that are too small, they will become clogged up by debris. Remove the bottom of the bottle by cutting across with a sharp knife. I find a serrated knife works well. Removing the bottom of the bottle creates a funnel for you to easily pour water into. The wide mouthed opening will also catch some water when it rains.
Dig a hole next to a plant or in between a grouping of plants that is deep enough to bury at least one third to one half of the bottle. If you position the bottle in amongst a grouping of plants it will be hidden from view. Place the bottle in the hole with the cap side down and secure it into the hole by pressing dirt around it. This will ensure that your bottle stays in place. Pour water into the bottle until it is full. You can add fertilizer to the bottle every few weeks so that your plants are fertilized right at the roots.
You will need to fill your bottle when it is empty, once a day or less depending on how much direct, hot sun your plants receive. Make several bottles to place in all your large containers or next to plants in your garden such as tomatoes that require a lot of water.