Deep Watering Tip: Good idea!

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Deep Watering Tip

By ShadyGreenThumb
August 22, 2012

Use plastic/milk cartons for deep watering by heating a Phillips head screwdriver (I use the gas stove and a hot mitt) and punching several holes in the bottom and sides (3" from the bottom) of a plastic jug or milk bottle. Bury the jug around the tree line or around the base of a shrub. Bury it so that the opening is just above the soil level. Bury as many jugs as you wish around the tree/shrub line. Fill the jugs with water for a slow deep watering. Add liquid fertilizer as needed for deep feeding.

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crittergarden
Aug 22, 2012 5:13 AM CST
Thanks for posting that!
I have some shrubs I want to move and this will probably help them recover.
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wildflowers
Aug 22, 2012 7:01 AM CST
I like this idea!! Thumbs up I have some shrubs too far from the hose that need water.
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ge1836
Aug 22, 2012 7:08 AM CST
This is a great idea.
My cousin does this for slow drip watering in an astilbe planting.She only drills 1 hole for a slower drip.
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Paul2032
Aug 22, 2012 7:22 AM CST
I put a small hole in the bottom of a jug, set it next to a favored plant, and fill it with liquid fertilizer. The whole gallon soaks slowly and deeply into the soil/ root system instead of running off on the ground
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 23, 2012 11:42 AM CST
I find it drains too fast with screwdriver holes. I punch pin holes in my jug, (use a needle or safety pin) and set them on potted plants when I'm going away for a weekend. The gallon size drips slowly enough to last 3 or 4 days. I like the fertilizer idea, though. Must try that!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 23, 2012 1:39 PM CST
I put many holes in the bottles because over time, dirt will fill the holes and they get plugged up. This may make for a faster deep watering for a short while. Eventually it will slow down as the holes get plugged with soil from the outside. The more holes you have in it increases the chances that you will end up with a few open ones.
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RickCorey
May 9, 2013 5:29 PM CST
I've seen proposals for something similar to the "deep-feed / deep-water" idea.

One scheme replaced your jug with a really big tin can, the other used a 4" or 6" diameter length of PVC.

They both had holes in the bottom, but they filled the tub / can / jug with manure, raw compost-makings, or finished compost.

The idea was that the water would leach out Good Juices while it perked through the compost.
Aerated, weak compost tea or manure tea would come out the bottom, near plant roots.

The proposal that urged putting raw scraps into the 6" tube made his underground holes big (like 1" or 1.5"), so that worms would be attracted and go in and out, carrying the compost to a radius of several feet as worm castings. . He called it something like spot-vermicomposting.

I forget whether they suggested putting a slow drip irrigation emitter at the top of the tube, but it sounds good to me.

[b ]Vertically-integrated composting / aerated compost-tea making / deep-drip watering.[/b]

But I haven't tried it myself yet.
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crittergarden
May 10, 2013 5:45 AM CST
I've seen those, too.
I have put my compost bin as one "wall" of my raised vegetable bin so the wormies have close access there.
Not watering through it though, just composting.
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RickCorey
May 10, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Ohhh! Great idea. Maybe a moat filled with compost makings ...
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crittergarden
May 10, 2013 1:39 PM CST
RACCOONS!!!!!!
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