How to water plants in the most effective way

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The drip irrigation system is an increasingly widespread water-saving farming method

The drip irrigation system, also known as localised irrigation, has been used for centuries and is a method that enables farmers in the driest or water-poor countries to cultivate the land with minimal water consumption.

Drip irrigation can be done with plastic bottles

Plastic bottles can be reused in various different contexts. One of these contexts is drip irrigation systems, a method that enables cultivated land to be constantly drip-fed a small but significant amount of water. It’s a very efficient technique for growing plants, and inserting the plastic bottles is extremely simple. In fact, all you need to do is make small holes in the bottle cap and then bury it in the soil (with the top/cap beneath the surface) in order to create a dripping effect to water the plants.

What you need

  • Plastic PET bottle
  • Cutter knife
  • Nail

How to do it

  1. Cut off the bottom of the bottle
  2. Make 4-5 holes in the bottle cap or in side of bottle by nail
  3. Dig a hole next to the plants or groups of plants that is deep enough to position the bottle. A third of the container should be buried
  4. Once the bottle is in position, pour water into the container

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