Every plant needs at least a moderate quantity of water daily except the cactus family plants. It is very pleasant to sprinkle water in the garden in the spring morning amid the fragrance of new blossoms. But it does not seem much amusing during the hot summer. You may feel disquiet regarding your congenial plants, especially when in hurry for getting a job done or you are planning for a vacation.
If you are also dealing with these issues, opt for self-watering techniques. With minimum effort and very little expense, you can install and implement self watering systems by which your plant will continue to receive water when you are not personally present there.
Herein are some easy as well as economical DIY self-watering techniques that I personally found helpful in my small garden.
- Use a Soda Bottle
This is a handy method for watering succulent and tropical plants in a pot absolutely free of cost. You surely have an empty soda bottle which you may not have discarded till now. Keep it, as it will be helpful in this chore.
Method: Fill the sterilized narrow necked soda bottle with water and make a small hole on the cap. Soak the soil next to your plant with adequate water so that you can graft the bottle easily into the soil.
The soil will soak the water deliberately whenever it will get dry.
Note: Don’t implant the bottle extreme next to the plant otherwise the roots of the plant may get injured.
- Lodge a Drip Irrigation System
If you have any water outlet system in your garden space, then installing this system will be unfussy. Fix the structure with the water outlet and start the water supply.
You can regulate this system in two ways:
- You can operate the water outlet manually. This saves money but you have to start and stop the water supply every time, taking care that it does not spill the soil around the plants especially in the containers.
- Alternatively, you can also choose to install a programmed system, where you can preset a timer. This allows the system to block the water supply automatically after the preset time.
- PVC Pipe Irrigation System
This is a cost-effective and easy self-watering system for your lawn garden. Install PVC pipe at the midway of the plants. If you have a large garden with numerous plants then you need more pipes. Drill the pipe in several portions to let the water come out.
- Recycled Air Conditioner Watering System
Water from the air conditioners is mainly dropped on the ground or through the drainage system in most households. Whenever your AC is running, this recycled water supply can meet the daily watering requirement within a small garden area.
You just need some basic materials including PVC pipes, washer, hose fitting, nipples, and others. The system is set up around the plants kept within the water-resistant fencing. Once connected to the AC water outlet in a systematic manner, the water uniformly spreads on the entire area.
- Barrel Irrigation System Using Rainwater
Do you know rainwater is the healthiest option for your plants? Farmers are also dependent on monsoon for cultivation for the particular reason.
Apart from being free of fluoride and other chemicals, this water is a rich source of nitrogen that reaches the leaves through the roots to bestow green pigments.
You can easily do this for your lawn garden by collecting the rainwater falling through the pipes attached to the rooftop of your house.
Method: Place one or two barrels in your backyard in a proper position to collect the rainwater. Make sure you have washed the containers well.
Extend a pipe from the roof and attach it to these barrels for accumulating the water.
Place a sieve on the barrel filter the impurities in the water. Attach a valve at the downward side of the barrel and hook the poly or PVC pipe to the valve for making it ready for the irrigation.
Whenever needed, simply operate the valve to provide this natural water to your plants for healthy growth.
Note: Always keep the barrel properly covered except the sieve area from where the water falls into the container. This will keep your water clean and prevent the growth of mosquitoes in the garden.
- Wicking Bed for Container Plants
You can create wicking beds of varying sizes for watering your garden plants. However, creating a wicking bed or the sub-irrigation system in a small container for both indoor and outdoor plants is easy as well as a cheap self-watering system to setup with fewer materials and equipment.
Wicking beds are fabulous for growing water celery, tomatoes, lettuce, African Violets and other species that require wet soil for optimal growth.
This method provides water supply from the bottom of the soil by placing a larger water storage vessel below the plant container. Water wicks upwards penetrating the soil layers to reach the roots and other parts of your crops.
Wrapping It Up,
Choosing a self-watering system for your home garden depends on the type of plants you have in the area, the size of your garden, and other factors including the type of garden you have landscape or container plants. You can go creative in setting up any preferred DIY watering method depending on the species you have in your garden.