Watering of plants is an extremely crucial factor for the success of any kind of cultivation. The right amount of water allows plants to develop at their best in every phase of growth: if they receive too much water, they can suffer damage at the level of the roots but also at the level of the stem and leaves.
On the other hand, if they receive too little water they risk drying up and die in a short time. During our periods of absence, the risk of making mistakes and making them die is even higher.
Plants continue to need their first source of life, and unless you have friends or relatives willing to come to your house to get them, a smart and inexpensive system is needed to replace you.
Here are some ingenious techniques to “water” the plants without wasting water. These solutions allow you to not manually irrigate potted plants and underground plants, including a vegetable garden, for days, allowing you to go on vacation or absent for a weekend, without having to ask friends and neighbors to give water to the plants.
Let’s find out the 4 zero-impact techniques for watering plants:
1) How it works
It may seem like a complicated maneuver, in reality, it takes less than 5 minutes to position each individual device for watering. The first step is to obtain plastic bottles of two different sizes: you can combine half-liter bottles and one-and-a-half-liter bottles, or one-and-a-half-liter bottles and 3-liter cans and so on: the larger the containers, the longer the water charge will last. Depending on your needs, get plastic containers of different sizes and follow the instructions to have your irrigation system at zero cost and zero impact.
2) The construction of the tank
Take the smaller plastic container and cut it roughly in half, to obtain a kind of plastic cup. Dig a hole to bury it to the edge and fill it with water. At this point, take the larger plastic container and also cut the one in half. Now place the large container upside down on top of the smaller container to make it look like a large lid. At this moment your irrigation system is complete and it will work automatically: the more sun there will be, the more the plants will be watered.
The water in the tank heats up and evaporates, but the steam, rather than flying away, rises near the surface of the plastic cover, where it cannot do anything but condense and fall to the ground, wetting the soil in proportion to how much heat is received.
3) The advantages of this irrigation system
This irrigation system (but it is not the only one, in the next pages you will find others!) Is completely automatic and free and is much more efficient than any other method. Here are the reasons for its excellent quality! The warmer and sunnier the climate, the more thirsty the plants… And the more steam will be emitted to quench them, everything will be proportionate without ever having to intervene. Every single drop falls directly on the ground without being sprayed on pots, pavements or nets, but always ending a few centimeters from the roots. And you can also recycle plastic bottles but also jars, jars, etc …
4) Filter mat
If there are many houseplants in pots, you can use another very simple method. Just spread a small sheet under the plants on a flat surface. A part of the fabric must be immersed in a basin full of water which must be positioned at a lower level than where the plants are located. In this way, the water will rise in a capillary way in the ground and thus water the plants.
5) Communicating siphon
Another very effective method for watering potted plants while on vacation is that of the communicating siphon. To make it, you need to get a bottle, if the plant to be wet is one, or a larger container if there are more, and long strips in a filter mat or woven wool. One end of the strips will be placed on the bottom of the bucket or bottle, the other end will be buried 2/3 cm below the potting soil, moistening each strip well before inserting it. The container with water must always be positioned a little higher than the pots.
6) Overturned bottle
For a stay of a maximum seven days will be enough to fill the bottles with water in plastic, they are fine pint if your plant is small or a liter and a half if it is larger. After filling the bottle with water, you will have to pierce the cap with many small holes, turn it upside down in the pot with the cap stuck in the ground and your plant will not die of thirst. In this way, the water will drop little by little without wetting the soil too much.