by Tammy Taylor~
Summer is hot & humid in our part of NE Texas – I’m doing all I can to keep my plants watered. A cistern mishap involving a split hose drained all the rainwater from my 18′ deep cistern so I’m trying to conserve water as much as possible. I came across a large-mouth bottle with a built-in grip on the handle and a metal-center lid and the thought occurred to me – maybe I can use this to keep my container garden of spinach watered. You remember my battle cry, “Use WhatCha Got!”. Check out this homestead hack.
I emptied out this plastic picante jar and washed it well. Then I took it to RancherMan and asked him to drill tiny holes in a tight triangular pattern.
I figured I could use it to add fertilizer and hand water smaller potted plants, but today I’ll use it to slowly soak in my rainwater into my large container of Malabar Spinach.
A side note: a sweet friend shared this Malabar Spinach with me – unlike traditional spinach that bolts at the first whiff of warmer weather, this spinach grows vigorously in the heat. And it vines – so pretty! I’ve been harvesting leaves, slicing them up & stirring them into my sauteed garden veggies – delicious! But keeping them going in the Texas summer heat is gonna take some water…
Aaaanyhoo – I unscrewed the lid of this repurposed jar and filled it with rainwater from my rain barrel and screwed the lid back on. And now for the complicated part… I turned it upside down between the two plants and sat it directly onto the mulched dirt. It s-l-o-w-l-y drained water from those tiny holes and watered the plants. This allowed that precious water to soak in thoroughly and water both plants.
I’d say it was a screaming success in keeping my Malabar spinach growing this summer – I had to rig up a trellis for that vining spinach – it grew vigorously!
So if you have a wide-mouth jar with a metal lid, give it a try. it worked well for me.
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