Your busy schedule will make you forget about your plants. But you need to keep in mind that they kneed water just like a human. A self-watering garden will take away the burden of the watering plant every day. I will tell you 16 cheap and easy DIY irrigation systems for a self-watering garden.
1. A drip watering system
You will need
- A water resource
- Asbestos pipe
- A tap
This is a DIY irrigation system that releases water as drops for the plants. You can simply attach pipes to the reservoir or the water source along with the tap. You need to make holes in the pipe where you hope to place the plants. Remember to make small holes without making a giant one that releases 500ml of water at a time. Slowly open the tap whenever the plants need water. Then water drops will release into the soil. It is effortless to use if you have a water resource like a pool or a water tank.
2. PVC pipe irrigation system
You need a 10-foot ¾’’ PVC Pipe, 2 foot ¾’’ PVC Pipe, PVC Pipe cement, Plumbers tape, 2 sprinkler heads, 3 threaded caps, 2 elbows, 1 cross-section, 1 hose adapter, 3 male thread adapter.
Glue the longer pipes to the cross-section. Then attach the shorter pieces to the cross-section. Attach the hose adapter to the short pipe. It needs to be rotated freely. Now, glue the elbow to the ends of the long PVC. Seal the male ends of the adapter with a thread seal. Now attach the sprinkler head to the adapter. It is done, and you can water the garden.
3. Rainwater Irrigation system
A rainwater irrigation system is economical. You get rain for free of charge. Find a way to store rainwater. You can use either buckets or ponds. Then directly simply them to the plants. They will grow healthier as water does not contain any purification chemicals included in pipe water.
4. DIY soaker Hose watering
Above-ground sprinklers do not contribute to washing away nutrients and soil from the ground. You can design a soaker hose watering system using a hoarse and a water reservoir. You need to make evenly distributed holes in the hose and place it above the ground with the use of supporters.
5. DIY drip sprayer
A drip sprayer is also effective in watering plants. You make it using pipes and water sources. Try to make the water sprays all around the garden by rotating the pipes using a motor.
6. Bottle lawn sprinkler
You can use a bottle to sprinkle water into the garden. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on replacing the broken head of your irrigation system. A water bottle can replace it.
7. A Concrete planter pots
You can use a concrete planter pot having a saucer-like attachment add the bottom. Then fill water into the saucer. The soil in the pot will absorb water when the soil dries. You will find these pots in the market. You can easily make this kind of pot at home too.
But you need to change the water at least once every week to avoid mosquito breeding and other problems.
8. Herb gardens in 2L bottles
You can easily make a self-watering herb garden from the bottles you throw away just after a single use. Cut the bottom from 10 cm. Then fill soil to the upper part and plant the herb. Fill water to the lower part taken from the bottle. Then place the upper part in the lower part. The soil will absorb water from the plant.
9. Adjustable DIY drip watering system
A bottle can act as a DIY watering system. It is ideal for potted plants. You can simply cut 10 cm in height from the bottom of the plant. Then make a hole or few small holes in the lid of the bottle. Pour some water and tie it to the plant with a band. You can use a stick and tie the bottle. Remember to check the water flowing rate. Otherwise, the plant will damage due to excess moisture.
10. Above-ground irrigation systems for landscaping
If your garden requires a lot of water regularly, then an above-ground irrigation system will suit you. Just take some pipes and make a pipe system by adding valves to sprinkle water to the ground. Then connect the system to a water source.
11. DIY vertical garden with drip watering adjustment
A shelf-style garden can fit any small space. You can easily maintain it too. Then set up the water bottles to water the plants. You need to make holes in the lid to create a steady water flow.
12. DIY Drip Line Irrigation
A drip line irrigation system is easy to make. You can make a drip line irrigation with pipes. A timer will help to add water at the correct time to the correct plant. It will avoid watering plants during the hottest part of the day.
13. Dual system DIY Irrigation System
You can make a dual system DIY irrigation system for raised beds or traditional ground gardens. For the first part, take a soaker hose. It will keep the plant clean and refreshed. Use a drip irrigation system for the second part. It will spray water to the roots of plants.
14. Wooden Bed Irrigation System
Adding a wooden bed irrigation system to a raised garden is very easy. You need to create a channel through the wooden bed to add water. Then soil will absorb water from it.
15. Automatic Drip Irrigation System
You need PVC pipes, sprinklers, tapes, and connectors to make an automatic drip irrigation system. It will automatically provide water to the plants. It is an easy DIY project you can do at home. A timer can be added to the system to decide the time for watering plants.
16. Bucket Irrigation system
You need to find a five-gallon bucket. Then set PVC pipes or any other available pipeline to supply water to your garden. It is easy to build as well as work properly.
To Sum Up
Some plants prefer to live in damp surroundings. So you need to water them or create an environment suitable for them. It is difficult to water the plant regularly as we have tight schedules to follow in our day-to-day life. A self-watering garden is a nice idea for everyone. It can ease your farming life. There are many easy DIY irrigation systems that you can design at home with minimum resources. Try to make your own irrigation system for the garden by taking ideas from the above-mentioned ones. Remember to keep away the plants that prefer dry surroundings away from the self-watering garden.