Plants a little thirsty? Make a water sprinkler out of a soda bottle and use drip irrigation to help them stay hydrated and grow.
- Step 1: When your soda bottle sprinkler runs out of water, fill it up again, ensuring you deliver a steady supply of water that will help your garden grow!
- FACT: Irrigation methods were first developed in ancient Mesopotamia in 6000 BCE.
- TIP: Screw the cap back on to prevent debris from entering the bottle.
- Step 2: Fill the bottle with water from a garden hose or pitcher -- the liquid will drip out of the holes slowly, acting like a water sprinkler by gradually moistening the soil and watering the plants at the roots, as opposed to a direct stream from a hose, which is more likely to run off.
- Step 3: Fill the soda bottle 2 inches full with small stones or gravel -- these will help slow the flow of water and keep the bottles weighed down in your garden.
- Step 4: Place the bottle upright next to a plant or between plants in your garden. Remove the label and do your best to conceal it among the plants so it doesn't become an eyesore.
- Step 5: Drill 2 to 6 small holes into the bottom inch of an empty 2-liter plastic soda bottle. The number of holes depends on how much water your plant needs on a given day and whether you're using the bottle to water more than one plant.