There is an irrigation solution for thirsty plants that is very easy to make yourself and even makes a short vacation without watering possible.
Watering in the summer is one of those things – if you're late, it can quickly cost the plants their lives. If you mean it too well and want to take precautions with a lot of water at once, even if you want to go on a short vacation for a weekend, you can drown them in waterlogging. A TikTok user makes do with a very simple method for which you only need a plastic pot and, logically, water. The network is very enthusiastic about it.
Self-watering is very targeted and prevents weeds
A plastic pot and a watering can – that's all you need to water plants in a water-saving way. Even on vacation. © YAY Images/Imago
Vegetable crops such as tomatoes and cucumbers in particular need a permanent supply of water – especially in greenhouses, where they do not get any rain, which is also desirable. So that you don't always have to keep an eye on this, there are commercially available automatic irrigation systems such as irrigation hoses or so-called ollas.
But you can also just make something like this yourself. For his irrigation method, the user notjustgreenfingers proceeds as follows on his TikTok blog of the same name: He takes commercially available small plastic pots with drainage holes, which he places deep into the ground near his cucumber and pepper plants almost to the top edge. When watering, he puts the water directly into the pots and not into the soil around the plant, as is usually the case. Through the drainage holes, the water now gradually seeps slowly to the vegetables.
He has two good reasons for this: Firstly, the water reaches directly and only where it is needed – to the roots. And secondly, there are fewer weeds because the soil around the plant is not moist from above. This makes it difficult for unwanted seeds to germinate in the first place. His healthy, strong cucumber plants prove the method right:
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The reactions to the video are enthusiastic – and there are still tips
His many followers celebrate this life hack enthusiastically:
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- "This is the best water-saving method and it irrigates the plants effectively with minimal waste and evaporation. The water goes directly to the roots where it is needed."
- "It also prevents the cucumber plants from rotting from below."
- "Awesome" 🥰
- "I'll do that too! I live in the desert and it works great."
- "I use upside-down bottles, the bottom of which I have cut off."
By the way, if you don't have a plastic pot or don't want to take it, you can also use clay pots. These even have the advantage that they can absorb water themselves, store it and release it again in the event of drought.