Last year we struggled to keep our garden watered, we tried hand watering and it took forever. Then we tried using sprinklers and they broke. We also struggled with powdery mildew on our squash plants which is mostly due to the leaves getting wet.
This spring we decided to try something different, we would poke holes in milk jugs and bury them. That way when we watered we could just fill up the jugs – the plants would get a deep drink and the leaves could stay dry. And we would mulch with lots of leaves. So, we began hauling leaves and poking holes in milk jugs – this is where teenage boys come in very handy.
We used a long finishing nail to poke about 25 holes on each side of the milk jug and about 5-10 on the bottom. For our squash, we made hills about 3 feet across and then planted the jug in the middle – kind of like a volcano. We planted our seeds about 4 inches from the top of the jug. When I first filled the jugs the water just went straight through… that sandy soil and all. I saturated the entire bed, with a combination of filling the jugs and watering the soil. When the jug started holding water we put leaves over the entire bed and then went to the next.
This is our green bean bed when we planted it.
This is it two months later.
These seeds for these squash plants were sown about 4 inches from the milk jug.
Disclaimer: We have very sandy soil, if you have clay soil, I don’t know how well this would work for you. It might keep the ground too wet.
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