All of us who have a garden do not want our green corner to become a dry and inhospitable land, so it is very important to keep it moist by frequent watering. One of the most efficient irrigation systems is the drip irrigation system. It is possible to make one of these systems at home with materials that we usually discard. In addition, this will allow us to save a little money in the maintenance of our garden.
In this article, we go over how to make a homemade drip irrigation system . Take note!
The drip irrigation system
As we said, drip irrigation is one of the most effective forms of irrigation. These systems are very popular in areas where water is a scarce commodity, since they not only allow significant water savings , but are more effective than other irrigation systems. It is a system that directs the water directly to the vicinity of the roots of the plants, so that we save unnecessary waste of water and through drip irrigation, the plants can be properly hydrated for a long time. In this way, it is an effective, cheap and comfortable system to keep plants in optimal conditions.
In addition, these systems allow the irrigation of areas with more difficult and uneven terrain and prevent the growth of weeds throughout the garden, since they only water that area that interests us.
Home drip systems
Day after day, we dispose of a lot of plastic bottles . One of the simplest drip irrigation systems, they need a bottle (the larger, the more watering capacity it will have), a sharp object such as sewing scissors, needles or a knife and some cords or thin pvc tubes (optional, especially, on soils that tend to compact). With this material, you have everything to make your home drip irrigation system , although there are several equally effective variants.
The possible variants of this type of home irrigation system are:
Bottle with holes in the cap
It involves making holes in the cap of the bottle, trimming its bottom and inserting the bottle upside down into the soil or pot and connecting it to a hose or tap with low water pressure. It is a very practical and useful system if you are going to be away from home for a long time.
PVC tube or cord in the cap
To do this home drip irrigation you have to make a hole in the cap, insert the cord or tube and fill the bottle with water. It is a system that saves a large amount of water and that the roots of the plants absorb it very slowly.
Put the bottle in the ground without the cap
This other method is really simple and effective. To do this, you just have to make small holes in the bottle, remove the cap, put it in the ground vertically and fill it with water. It is an interesting variant to use in the garden or in the garden soil.
Solar drip irrigation
It is also possible to make a homemade drip irrigation system with energy from the sun . It is a very easy system to manufacture and it saves up to 10 times more water. Two bottles are used in this system, a large one of 5 L or more, such as a water jug, and a small one that can be 1.5 L or 2 L.
- The large bottle or carafe is cut and discarded the base, while the small one is cut in half and the top is discarded.
- The lower part of the small bottle is the one that is placed directly on the ground, while the large part is placed on top, so that when you open the cap of the large bottle, the water is poured over the small one.
- Both bottles are arranged next to the plant that we want to water.
- The system uses solar energy to evaporate the water and direct it to where it interests us. When the sun’s rays are directed towards the plastic bottle system , the air temperature rises and the water evaporates. Eventually, the air inside the system becomes saturated with humidity and the water condenses on the walls of the bottle, which get bigger and bigger and slide through the walls, watering the surrounding soil .