No need for an expensive irrigation system. Here’s how to make a soda bottle into a drip feeder for your vegetables! Put this great idea in the “Why didn’t I think of that?” column! It’s simple, really. Transform an everyday plastic 2 liter soda bottle into a slow-release drip system for your garden. Perfect for those persnickety vegetables that need water at their roots instead of on their leaves.
Watering from the root area instead of overhead encourages a plant to develop a healthy root system and prevents fungus and other problems that overhead watering encourages. You can, of course, use a retail drip feeder hose for the task, but this handy DIY tip will help your plants and make watering an easy chore.
Just take a large 2 liter soda bottle (BPA free is best for this use on vegetables, but normal soda bottles are fine for flowers and shrubs), and use barbeque skewers to poke holes in them. Dig a hole next to the plant (when it’s young) and insert the soda bottle into the space next to it and leave the top off. Also, leave the top exposed. When it gets empty, just top it up from the hose.
Read the rest of the article by clicking below where you will also find directions to make this type of project with terra cotta pots (if you are nervous about plastics leeching out into vegetables) and some thoughtful tips and modifications from readers who have made this DIY irrigation system.
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