Cheap and Easy Drip Waterers for Your Garden

Here in SoCal, we are experiencing those summer scorching middle-of-the-day temperatures that cause our garden plants so much stress. My poor water-loving squash plants are no longer satisfied with my drought-friendly Monday-Wednesday-Friday drip-watering scheduling that I’ve been employing. I’ve had to think up another plan to keep them hydrated on my off-watering days.

Cheap and Easy Drip Waterers for Your Garden - Stone Family Farmstead

This idea isn’t really a new one, but I’ve found that it’s a super cheap and easy way to keep my water-loving plants happy, while allowing those who need to dry out a bit between waterings satisfied as well. My daughter is a bottled water drinker, and while I’m not wild about the trash that creates, I am thankful that I have the empties to make these waterers when I need them. They work well in my garden, and I am positive they will work just as well for my container plants as well.

To Make the Drip Waterers

There’s not a lot to making these drip waterers, all you need are empty plastic bottles from water or soda, the lids to the bottles, a drill with the smallest drill bit you can find, and a pair of scissors.

Cheap and Easy Drip Waterers for Your Garden - Stone Family FarmsteadFirst, drill one hole in the lid of the bottle. I say just one to start with because your smallest drill bit may not be small enough to allow the bottle to drain slowly. Do this with as many waterers as you need to make.

turn your trash into gardening tools - Stone Family FarmsteadMy smallest drill bit wasn’t, and with the first bottle, I drilled 3 holes and the water took seconds to drain. The longer it takes to drain, the better so that your plant can get a nice long drink.

easy to make drip waterers - Stone Family FarmsteadNext, pop a hole in the low side of the bottle (keep the lid on–it will help the bottle to crush less when you poke it with the scissors) and cut around the bottom. Try to cut as close to the bottom as you can so your bottle will hold plenty of water. Do this with all of the waterers you are making.

drip waterers are great for squash plants - Stone Family FarmsteadWith a hand shovel, make holes next to the base of your plants and insert your waterers. Pack dirt around the waterers so that they stay in place. The deeper the hole, the more likely they won’t fall over, but I went in about 3 inches (up to the label on the bottle) and that works fine for me.

drip waterers made from plastic water bottles - Stone Family FarmsteadOn days that you don’t want to water the whole garden, just bring your hose around, fill your waterers, and give your water-loving plants a nice drink!

Update, July 19, 2015: These waterers have worked fine for me, but at some point the small hole in the lid got clogged with dirt. It would be good to give these a good rinse every week to make sure that the hole doesn’t get dirt buildup in there, which causes them to stop draining and watering your plant. So far, this is the only negative to using these waterers.

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Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! 🙂
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  1. I’ve been thinking about doing this, since my basil and tomatoes are really working hard to deal with the heat! Great job explaining.

    • One thing that I’ve noticed, Daisy, is that the small holes that I drilled can get full of dirt, so you’ll just need to check them every now and again to make sure the water is actually able to trickle out. Other than that, and as long as they remain in place, they work well!

  2. What a great idea! I am so gonna do this in my gardens. Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!


  3. This is a great idea. I love up cycling anything I can. We haven’t needed any extra water here in Indiana. We could use a little less, in fact. But this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday’s with a Twist, I’m featuring you this week! I hope you come back and share again this week and have a good one!

    • Oh Danielle, thank you so much! What a great honor. 🙂

      I love upcycling too, it really makes me feel like I’m doing something good for the earth, and to stretch our family’s dollars. I’m kind of on a see-what-I-can-make-from-nothing kick lately! 🙂

      I will definitely be back, and thank you again! 🙂

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