Drip...Drip...Drip: DIY Irrigation System

Drip...Drip...Drip: DIY Irrigation System

Janel Laban
Jul 21, 2008

(Hello again to Amber, who is trying out for a spot on the Re-Nest editorial team. Check out her first post on a modern tree house here. Comments are welcome.)

Normally, when there's a drip somewhere, we fix it. But here's a good kind of drip: instead of wasting water, this particular one conserves water. e know this looks like a milk jug sitting atop a potted hibiscus. Well, yeah...it is. It's no special setup: just a recycled jug with a very small hole in the bottom. We left the lid off, creating enough pressure to let a few drops of water escape and nourish the plant.

After seeing a documentary about drip irrigation in desert regions, we decided to try a small-scale system at home. Drip irrigation prevents flooding of the plants and steadily feeds the roots. Sure, it needs beautification--but the blooming hibiscus is gorgeous enough to overlook the not-so-hot milk jug. Plus, we're able to incorporate some reuse in this process. Overall, the sustainability factor beats beauty marks.

We've got another jug rigged up above a tomato plant, and we're starting to see the first fruits. Even after a long weekend away, our plants have remained quenched--a victory especially considering the 105-degree temps we've been seeing here in Austin, TX.

How about suggestions to make our recycled drip system easier on the eyes? Are you adopting anything like this in your container garden?


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