The Q&A Archives: Water Plants To Conserve Water

Question: I recently read on your website about a technique for watering plants using containers. The article described
a method in which containers are buried next to the plants, then filled with water. The containers have very small holes in them to allow the water to slowly seep out into the soil. Could you give me more information on this?
I can't seem to find it on the Burpee web site. I believe I saw it a few weeks ago.

Answer: The overall idea is to place a slowly leaking container of water near the root zone of the plant. This delivers water directly to where it is needed, provides the recommended slow deep soaking, and reduces evaporation loss. It is also possible to deliver a precise amount of water without waste. Finally, it does not require expensive equipment. Nearly any container will do as long as you can make very small pinhole sized holes in it. Recycled milk jugs or plastic buckets for instance are good examples. Make a tiny hole in the bottom of the bucket so that the water escapes very slowly, fill the bucket periodically depending on the watering needs of the plant and that's all there is to it.

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