This post is for the lazy gardeners, yes I am talking to you! LOL. Oh well I guess, even those that are not lazy could do with a little help from one of these systems. Just like the diy self watering rain gutter garden and the diy self watering earthbox, you can also use this diy self watering pop bottle garden.
It’s super easy & affordable to build one of these. You can recycle pop bottles and save the environment while doing so. As for the PVC pipe, we always have some of that lying around somewhere, otherwise a quick dash to the local hardware store should solve that problem. You can grow your lettuce, herbs, arugula and more using a system like this.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- empty plastic 2L soda bottles
- 1″ PVC pipe
- hand saw
- tape measure
- pen or marker
- PVC T-joints
- PVC elbows
- nylon cord
- small gravel
- potting soil
Step By Step Instructions
Cut the PVC pipe into 6 pieces, which are 5 1/2″ long.
Sand all the edges down before you assemble.
Cut your plastic bottles in half using your scissors
Use a sharp knife or nail to make holes in the lids.
Insert the nylon cord through the hole. Cut each cord
to just about 8 inches long.
Screw on the lid, leaving half of the cord inside the
bottle and the other half outside.
Assemble the pipe pieces using the t-joints in between.
The elbow joints go on the outside on both ends.
Heat the end of the remaining PVC pipe, then insert the
bottle and leave to cool down, before cutting about 2″.
Place some small stones at the bottom of each container.
Fill each container to about 3/4 full with potting soil
and then plant your vegetable seedlings and water.
Hang your garden from a shelf using the wire, make sure
it remains steady and flat when you are done.
How it works? You fill the water reservoir container on the one end. As the plants use up the water, the water level in the pipe system decreases. Meanwhile ,the water from the reservoir is slowly dripping and replenishing the water as needed by the plants. You just have to remember to refill your water reservoir at least once or twice a week.
You can watch the video below on this self watering pop bottle system…