Friday, May 25, 2012

Using Milk Jugs For Watering Your Garden

How you water you garden is an important part gardening. To me the easiest and best way to water your garden is to set up a drip irrigation system with an automatic timer. But what if you do not have that option? Are you planning to just water your garden by hand? If so, a great option is to bury a milk jug with holes drilled in it next to the plant. *Note: the reason we use milk jugs is because we do not drink pop, but the milk jugs can only be use for one maybe two years then they start breaking apart and need to be thown away. Pop bottles might be a better option and will take longer to break down.
 To water all you have to do is stick the hose in the top of the jug and fill up the milk jug and you are done! It also makes it easy to fertilize, add a scoup of fertilizer into the jug and add water and your done!

So here is a picture of how an where to drill holes in the jug.

Make sure to put some holes in the bottom for full drainage of the water. Same thing would apply for a pop bottle, or juice jug, just do the holes on one side and place that side toward the plant to focus the water at the plant and its roots.
Dig a deep enough for most of the jug to be under ground and put it only a few inches away from the plant.

And cover. Just be aware if it still smells like milk or other good smells, dogs might try to dig it up and eat it. (That happed to us a few times)

I like to put the jug in first, then plant the transplant next to the jug. For small plants, you can drill holes on more than one side of the jug and plant the plants on either side of the jug. For bigger plants such as tomatoes and squash, use only one jug per plant.
My kids like to find all of the worms.

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Katiedid said...

what size drill bit do you use to drill the holes?

Jesse Kropf said...

It looks like a 1/4 inch drill bit, but a 1/8th inch bit would probably work as well. If you're using a smaller bit, you could just drill more holes.