I live in a teeny-tiny apartment with an even teenier-tinier patio which leaves me very little room for gardening. I mean, sure, I could just hop on down to the grocery store and pick up some fresh produce, but that's not nearly as satisfying as slicing into a fresh tomato that you grew yourself.
Luckily, this interesting little DIY project shows you how to build an irrigated planter that will let you grow corn as high as an elephant's eye. Not only does this project give you the option of fresh veggies right at home, but it also uses a lot of recyclable materials so you're actually doing away with excess waste!
Follow these easy steps below and you'll have a bountiful harvest before you even know it!
So first things first, you'll need to gather up your supplies. You're going to need four half-gallon milk jugs, a tall plastic bottle, and an 18-gallon storage bin. Once you've rounded everything up, grab a marker and a utility knife and you're ready to begin.
Step one is cutting lots of little holes into the milk jugs. These are access points that will allow your plants to reach into the water reservoir you're building in the garden.
Next up, you're going to flip the jugs onto their side and cut larger holes in them. These should be about the width of the mouth of the milk jug as you're going to be linking all the jugs together this way. This will make more sense once you do it.
Now, on the side of the jugs opposite all the little holes, you're going to want to cut a slit into them. This will be facing the bottom of your reservoir and will allow for the excess water in your soil to be absorbed into the jugs.
This image shows how all the milk jugs are going to fit together. You want to repeat this until all four are linked up.
Now as for that empty plastic bottle, you're going to cut off the bottom of it and stick it into one of the milk jugs. You'll need to cut another hole for the mouth of the plastic bottle to fit into the milk jugs.
When completed, your reservoir should fit together like this. Don't worry about the seal of the milk jugs; once you bury this baby in soil, it'll be sealed enough.
Next up, it's time to prep the planter. Start by drilling 1/2" holes into the sides of the tote. These will allow for any excess water to drain from the planter if it ever gets too waterlogged. You're going to want these holes to be about the same height as your reservoir plus one inch.
Next up, you're going to want to add about an inch of potting soil to the bottom of the planter and then place your reservoir on top of it. There's lot of kinds of soil out there, so be sure to use one that's designed for planters as it will allow for better drainage.
Now it's time to fill that planter up with dirt. The top of the plastic bottle should be sticking out, allowing you to see if the reservoir needs to be filled up and also giving easy access if you do need to add water.
Finally, add your seeds and wait. Ideally, you'll only need to check on this planter every few days as it should water itself. Soon, you'll have sprouts appearing and you'll be well on your way to delicious fresh produce. Melons, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers: why not grow them all?
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