Regarding Lucinda's idea on using drip buckets for watering in the garden and yard, I have used these buckets for many years and they work great! I drill a 1/4" hole on the bottom and near the edge so I can set the bucket close to the plant if necessary. I also like to use colored buckets instead of white or black ones. This is so hubby doesn't grab a bucket he thinks will hold water!
I think I'll dry your drip bucket idea this year for cucumbers. In the hot weather they are always wilted in the afternoon. Most of that is due to sun and wind, but it wouldn't hurt to have some extra moisture available.
My plan it to take a milk jug, poke some small holes around it an bury it up to the cap. Then plant cucumbers around the jug. You could even feed liquid fertilizer that way.
@jeanne-dueker Are you using big buckets, like 5 gallon size just sitting on the ground?
Yes, I use 5 gallon buckets for watering. A 1/4" hole usually takes 20-30 minutes to drain. Sometimes I put a rock/brick in the bucket to prevent it from blowing away. If the hole is too big, put in a screw and drill another hole.
Last summer I buried an ice cream bucket half way, with holes near the bottom. I planted cantaloupes around the bucket. I could fill the bucket with the hose, shooting it into the bucket so I didn't have to walk in the vines or get the leaves wet. With several holes it drained quickly, and I would return to refill it as I watered the rest of the garden. We had several nice cantaloupes! I like your idea of using it to add liquid fertilizer.
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