I struggle to keep our garden watered, we don’t have water near the garden so we use water hoses and hand water. We’ve tried using sprinklers and they broke. We also struggle with powdery mildew on our squash plants which is mostly due to the leaves getting wet.
For years, we’ve used a milk jug irrigation system in some of our beds. Basically, we poke holes in milk jugs and bury them. That way when we water we just fill up the jugs – the plants get a deep drink and the leaves stay dry.
You can use a nail or a drill with a super small drill bit to make the holes. I like to put two milk jugs in each 4X8 garden bed and cover with mulch. When I water I put the hose in the top of the milk jug and let it fill up while I harvest or weed. Actually, I let it overflow and really saturate the bed.
These do need to be replaced every year as the plastic will eventually break down, so I pull them at the end of the season and recycle them. This isn’t a perfect system, but it’s free and is a good interim step while you get a more permanent system in place.
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Drip System Irrigation, How to design the simple low tech easy way.
Homemade drip irrigation system using black drip line pipe or pvc.
How to Install Drip Irrigation
Good tips on how to install drip irrigation. Even if you're not going to use real drip irrigation, this has some good information you can glean for diy irrigation systems.
Do It Yourself Bucket Drip Irrigation
If you have some old buckets available, this is a great idea. You can usually get free food grade buckets from the bakery in your local grocery store.
DIY Automatic Garden Watering System
This waters overhead so think twice before building it if you have powdery mildew.
DIY Drip Irrigation System: Irrigate from Rain Barrels by Gravity Feed
Irrigate directly from your rain barrels and really conserve water.
How to Install Soaker Hose Irrigation System
Soaker hoses are really great for diy irrigation systems. Here's how to install one.
Irrigation System for Raised Bed Garden
If you have raised beds consider using this method of irrigation.
Build Your Own Self Watering Containers
If you are growing your garden in containers, make self watering containers to conserve water and have healthy plants.
10 Ways to Reduce the Need for Irrigation in Your Garden
Setting up a diy irrigation system is just part of the answer, you can also reduce the need for irrigation.
2019 Garden Tour
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