Published on January 7th, 2014 | by Heather Carr

DIY Drip Irrigation for Under Ten Dollars

If you’ve ever come home from work in the summer and found your lovely garden wilted, this DIY drip irrigation system might be just the thing for you. Best of all, it costs less than $10.

There are a lot of drip irrigation systems on the market today, but many of them cost a bit more than the average person wants to spend for a kitchen garden. This youtube video shows how to build a drip irrigation system for a small garden for $6.71.  Whether you’re into DIY or not, this project is fairly simple and doesn’t require specialized skills.

The homeowner has what looks like several tomato plants on an apartment balcony. When I lived in Houston, I had the same sort of setup with several tomato plants, some peppers, and basil, oregano, and chives, but without the drip irrigation. My plants looked terrible by the time I got home from work. No doubt the lack of proper watering affected the harvest.

Every drip irrigation system needs a source of water and this one uses a storage bin, like the sort that are sold at places like Target. The modification that he makes to the storage bin is minimal. The storage bin can later be emptied and used as a container for other things.

Another thing the videographer does is melt the ends of the plastic tubing. A youtube commenter points out that using clamps at the ends makes it easier to remove bubbles, if they build up. I supposed clamps would increase the cost of the system by a dollar or so, but they may be worth it for later convenience.

The four minute video shows how to put together the DIY drip irrigation system with a list of supplies and how-to. His plants look great.

See also:  DIY Rain Chain



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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .



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