Free irrigation for your garden using recycled materials

Free irrigation for your garden using recycled materials

How to use recycled materials to irrigate your vegetable garden. I use old plant pots (the plastic pots that plants in which plants are sold).

I have used drip irrigation using pots with holes in them for the past two summers. This has worked well for us. In the winter I collect in all the pots which stack inside each other compactly until spring.

In spring, I space my plants closely around irrigation pot. Plant location and spacing is determined by the pot rather than rows or areas. I shallowly partly bury a pot them plant 3 or 4 plants around it. Then I place the next pot very near and repeat the planting process.

I partly bury the pot. Then I add some sand or soil to slow the flow. This means I can water in less time, leave more water per plant and use liquid nutrient instead of just water.

I make my own compost tea for the plants. Home made liquid fertilizer is added to the bucket of water for irrigation.


  1. How do you keep mosquitoes down with the standing water? Do you know if mesh to cover the top would do it. I love the idea, but despise mosquitoes!

    • This may help: “The most effective control measure is to prevent access of adult mosquitoes. If access has occurred remedial action can be taken to prevent the release of mosquitoes.

      To prevent mosquito breeding and contamination, its vital guttering and pipework should be self-draining or fitted with drainage points.

      Ensure that unless in use all access points excluding the inlet and any overflows are kept shut with close fitting lids that will prevent access of mosquitoes.

      Inlets and overflows should be covered with closely fitting removable insect-proof screens. The screens should be made of non-rust material formed, typically, with 0.315 mm diameter material and 6×7 mesh openings per cm2. The screens should be readily accessible for regular cleaning.” 1

      1. Mosquitoes in Water Tanks

    • I saw your comment about mozzies – they only breed in still water, and I am assuming that this will not be still water as over the day it will disapear. Even if it does lay eggs they are going to dry out between refills I would think.

      I use a similar method to the one suggested – I had only just started using it again actually. one little hole in a plastic container in the bottom , screw on the cap. If you want it to flow faster loosen the caps slightly. This way it is sealed. Mine are not buried tho , YET , hadnt thought of that but I like the idea and will do it next time I plant. I also like this idea of the other use of containers as well.

      kind regards EVEY

  2. When growing seedlings, do we put 1 pot between 2 plants or surround one pot with several plants?

    • 1. Collect some old pots that have held plants in them.


      2.Put the big pots in your garden. Each pot should have about 3 litre capacity. Space pots so a plant can grow tall between any two pots. Like this:

      Plant — Pot — Plant — pot — Plant — pot — plant

      3. Grow your plants in a nursery area in small pots until they are bigger, then transplant into the garden between irrigation pots.


  3. What about evaporation? I live in the high desert in Nevada.


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