• DIY Automatic Garden Watering System

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    1. kbeeps's Avatar
      kbeeps -
      what a great idea! thanks for the step by step instructions!
    1. Thalanaya's Avatar
      Thalanaya -
      i was watching a you tube video on urban homesteading and they were using clay pots burried up to the neck then filled with water. the water seaps out of the clay pot throught the day and keeps the plants watered. the homestead was just outside of los angeles in california.

      here in ny it rains a lot but i have two flowerbeds in the front of my home that are covered by the roof and noting seems to grow there because i forget to water. i might try the clay pot idea there.
    1. ShayF's Avatar
      ShayF -
      i definitely have to try this! thank you for the instructions!
    1. JuneWeaver's Avatar
      JuneWeaver -
      The clay pots seem to be simple enough, but not worthwhile in a dry area. I live in Ohio, where we seem to be either flooded or desert dry... It's feast or famine, so I have set up rain barrels to fill my pots on the days (weeks) that there is no rain.

      Quote Originally Posted by Thalanaya View Post
      I was watching a You Tube Video on Urban Homesteading and they were using clay pots burried up to the neck then filled with water. The water seaps out of the clay pot throught the day and keeps the plants watered. The homestead was just outside of Los Angeles in California.

      Here in ny it rains a lot but i have two flowerbeds in the front of my home that are covered by the roof and noting seems to grow there because i forget to water. i might try the clay pot idea there.
    1. lizzicat101's Avatar
      lizzicat101 -
      thank-you for the neat ideas:
    1. kimcharette's Avatar
      kimcharette -
      last year i tripled the size of my garden and have been having trouble keeping it watered .. i think i will try this. thank you
    1. CindyWain's Avatar
      CindyWain -
      love this idea. my husband did something like this a few years agao but he did not bury the pvc. i tried to tell him not to do that...and the povc gets dried out by the hot sun and he has them break now.

      am i right that the pvc does not take the hot sun too well and that taking the short cut of not burying it wille ventually cause more work? yes i'm asking someone to take sides here!
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by CindyWain View Post
      Love this idea. My husband did something like this a few years agao but he did not bury the PVC. I tried to tell him not to do that...and the POVC gets dried out by the hot sun and he has them break now. Am I right that the PVC does not take the hot sun too well and that taking the short cut of not burying it wille ventually cause more work? Yes I'm asking someone to take sides here!

      Yes, you're 100% right, PVC is meant to be buried and will last for YEARS if buried. The sun deteriorates PVC very quickly. It also makes a difference what schedule of PVC you purchase (which is essentially the thickness of the pvc itself).

      If you purchase the landscaping PVC it holds up better to the weather and can be left above ground, but again, it will last longer if it's buried.
    1. mechelle's Avatar
      mechelle -
      how do you till the garden the next year without cutting up the pvc pipes? I know that you can till around them, is this the method used?
    1. Budgeteef's Avatar
      Budgeteef -
      this is freaking awesome, I wish I saw this last year, we spent a fortune on stupid hoses that burst!
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