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Milk Jugs Instead of Watering Cans

By gingin
April 5, 2012

I fill empty milk jugs with water to water baskets/plants where no hose is handy. Saves trips into the house or to the hose.

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Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Apr 4, 2012 6:28 PM CST
I also use them to fill a bird bath that is 200" from my hose.
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Marilyn
Apr 4, 2012 6:34 PM CST
Do y'all leave the water jugs out (capped with water) the whole time?

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RickCorey
Apr 4, 2012 8:36 PM CST
Me, too, but with laundry-detergent bottles, not milk jugs.

And of course, any time a hose and a watering can are near each other, I leave the watering can full.

I also leave a jug or two at the far end of the hose's reach, and any time I drag the hose that far to water, I also refill those jugs. In-between hose-dragging sessions, I have a few gallons handy for the dryest spots.

I started that habit when I tried to grow some semi-aquatic "Water Spinach"
/ Ipomoea aquatica. I tried to water it at least once per day, or twice. Even so: "forget about it!". I think it was both too dry and too cool (semi-tropical).


I also keep both a jet-or-mist nozzle and a Y-fitting with valves on the end of the hose. After dragging the hose as far as it goes, I can use the jet setting to give a little water to more remote spots, but that trades off distance for a lesser volume (rate) of water.

But the spare valve on the Y-fixture will shoot a vast amount of water rapidly, a lesser distance. I can make that a heavy stream or a broken-up heavy spray by closing the valve just a little bit. That way I can very quickly give bushes or a wide area a little water during the driest spells.
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gingin
Apr 5, 2012 12:56 PM CST
I usually re-fill the jugs when I empty them. I always have at least 12 in the GH over winter. Also the jugs work great for birdseed...very easy to haul to feeders and fill.
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Marilyn
Apr 5, 2012 4:59 PM CST
Thanks Ginger! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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GardnerGal
Apr 27, 2012 11:47 AM CST
A good use of my wagon to haul the jugs whereever needed.
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dirtpig
Apr 29, 2012 9:02 AM CST
I use jugs to water and feed plants.I have spots in my gardens that are dry and just don't get rain.So I put a hole in the bottom and set the jug next to the plant and fill.Water drains out slowly and there's not much run off so the plant get nice and watered.Works well with feeding too.
Love my jugs *Blush* Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Ginger
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gingin
Apr 29, 2012 12:55 PM CST
no comment from me on that last comment *Blush* Rolling on the floor laughing
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virginiarose
Feb 25, 2013 4:21 PM CST
Thumbs up Jugs are great!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Susan

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 24, 2013 2:52 PM CST
Sometimes I used carry an empty pot with many SMALL holes in the bottom. Then I could water directly from a gallon jug or hose-end by holding the pot low to the ground, and pouring water into the pot.

The pots broke the force of the water, and the holes in the pot acted like a very fast, coarse watering rose. It reduced the splashing and soil disturbance.

Then I realized that what I really wanted was a spigot next to each bed. It turned out to be inexpensive.

I bought some lengths of 1/2" and 3/4" irrigation tubing ("mainline"). I ran them from my spigot all around my yard, then installed male-hose-thread end fittings and Tees.

You can find 1/2" mainline for $14 per 100 feet, and 1/2" tubing will give you up to 240 GPH (4 gallons per minute). I got 1/2" end fittings and Tees from Dripworks for around $1 to $1.50 each.

Then I screwed "Y" hose fittings with two valves onto some of the male-hose-thread ends and Tees. (It's nice to have shut-off valves right next to the zone you're watering!) Plastic ones cost $2 but metal Ys with valves are nicer.

Then I cut up my old, long hoses into 2-4 short lengths. I added "hose repair" fittings onto the cut ends. That turned two long, dragging, kinking nuisances into 6 short, handy hoses each with a watering wand or hand sprayer. I splurged on brass hose repair fittings, but plastic or nylon ones can be found for $1.50.

Then I screwed those SHORT lengths of garden hose onto each of the hose thread ends of the irrigation "mainline network". Now I have a spigot and a hose right next to almost every bed!

And when I want to add a dripline or a sprayer or sprinkler, I have irrigation mainline somewhere nearby.

It was overkill, but I like gadgets.


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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Apr 24, 2013 6:01 PM CST
>>>It was overkill, but I like gadgets.

Sounds like it!!. You are also a great writer, I can actually feel your excitement when you talk about your gadgets. Green Grin!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Apr 24, 2013 6:51 PM CST
Thanks you for the compliment!

You are so right, I do love my gadgets! (I just added that to my Profile.)
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Apr 24, 2013 7:08 PM CST
Thumbs up Your ~ Welcome! ~ I tip my hat to you.
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood

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