Do you have any plants that need extra water?
- Maybe you have some plants that aren't connected to your irrigation system.
- Or maybe you don't even have an irrigation system and use a hose to water your plants instead.
- It may be that you don't need to irrigate your plants - you get enough rainfall to do the job for you.
Well, whatever situation you find yourself in, there are times when your plants need some extra water.
So, you can haul out your hose and water each of your thirsty plants. The problem with this approach is that often the hose puts out water too fast and the soil can't absorb it fast enough. As a result, much of the water simply runs off and doesn't benefit the plant as much as it should.
Well, I am going to share with you a solution that I use in my own garden.
Now, I do have a drip-irrigation system. But, not all of my succulents are connected to it AND sometimes when I plant a new plant - it can take a little while for me (meaning my husband) to connect it to the irrigation system.
This solution is really just so easy and I'm sure you will all soon be collecting your used milk jugs instead of throwing them away.
All you need is a plastic milk jug and a nail. You will need to use the nail to make 4 equally spaced holes on the bottom of your milk jug.
1. Heat your nail using a lighter or your stove burner. Then use your nail to pierce a small hole on the bottom of the milk jug.
The heat helps the nail to get through the plastic easily. Although, I had to heat up my nail each time I made a hole.
2. Fill your milk jug with water from your hose, put the cap on and carry it upside down (so the water doesn't leak out) then turn it right-side up when you place it by your plant.
Of course, if you don't want to carry your milk jug full of water, you can always place the milk jug by the plant and bring the hose to it instead.
3. Slightly loosen the cap so that the water will slowly drip out the holes, which allows the water to penetrate the soil instead of running off.
(This is also a great way to apply liquid fertilizer or fish emulsion to plants).
I told you it was easy, didn't I?
I recommend this method of applying supplemental water to people I meet who have cactus, which appreciate getting some extra water twice a month during the summer.
**This is also a great aid for those who live in areas that are suffering from drought and may not have an irrigation system for their plants. Normally, they get enough rain to keep their plants happy. But during drought conditions, this can be an easy way to provide supplemental water to thirsty plants.**
- Another variation to this method of providing extra water is to take your milk jug and make holes on the sides instead of the bottom. Then bury the entire milk jug by your plant, leaving just the top exposed. Keep the milk cap screwed on the top and when you need to add extra water, simply unscrew the cap, pour in the water and screw the cap back on.
I hope you find this tip helpful!
I hope you find this tip helpful!
I have received a ton of great comments about this post. I do want to address two concerns that people raised about using milk jugs for watering.
- Some people expressed a concern about the unattractiveness about leaving milk jugs out in their garden.
* I assumed that people would bring the milk jugs in after watering, which is what I do. Of course, you can leave them out - but I would 'hide' them behind my plants so that they aren't as visible.
- Another concern was that the milk jugs would 'blow away' if left out.
*To prevent this, simply pour 1 - 2" of small gravel or rocks into the bottom of the jug, which will help weight it down. Don't worry, the rocks won't interfere with water being able to get out.