DIY Gravity Fed Drip Irrigation

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With the weather warming up it’s getting challenging trying to keep the lettuce in my vertical garden watered. I used an old downspout, so it’s not very deep and tends to dry out quicker than a pot would.

I came up with an idea for a gravity fed drip system using an old bike basket, an old juice bottle and parts from a failed RainDrip project.

DIY drip irrigation materials

Materials:

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This is what the vertical garden looks like. I wanted to add the drip irrigation system to the top left where the main pole can support the water bottle.

DSCN2189Originally I thought I’d need to use a screw to attach the basket to the wall, but found that I could just tie it to the support pole with heavy-duty twine.

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Using the mat knife I cut the top off the juice bottle. There was an indentation all around the top, so I cut just above it so that I could attach the mosquito screen more easily.

I poked a hole into the bottom of the bottle and inserted a T-shaped RainDrip connector, then sealed it up with the silicone caulk. It took a full day to dry completely.

The mosquito screen was harder to secure onto the bottle than I expected. The rubber band kept popping off! Finally it stayed in place (it’s the blue band at the top of the bottle in the photo below).

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Adding the first length of tubing first and then inserting into the bike basket made the process much easier. I was able to push in the connectors and nozzles fairly easy and that way I was also able to line them up with the plants better. I used the 1/2 gallon drip nozzles.

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I just kept going, alternating the tubing with the nozzles all the way down to the last plant. It works really well and definitely makes watering much easier.

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