Self-Watering Using Milk Jugs?

I already asked this as a reply, but am now asking here about the watering tip using a milk jug. I've had to fill mine repeatedly every few hours. They each only have 1 very tiny hole on the bottom. Why is this happening? I thought I was supposed to be able to save water and maybe some time. Thanks for your help.


Hardiness Zone: 6b

By Jani M Scheetz from Quakertown, PA

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June 9, 20090 found this helpful

Your soil isn't packed tight enough around the jug or it's to rocky. Start with moist soil & pack it tightly... You can also use those crystals that hold all the water & put these inside the jug then fill with water. The crystals take a while to dry out & the water will drain more slowly. You can also add liquid fertilizer to the crystals.

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June 11, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you! I'm new to gardening, so never heard of gel crystals until you mentioned them. So I don't know how to use them, how many, when, etc--basically, I don't know anything about them.


I called the place you sent websites for, but before I order any from him, I still have more questions. I need to know if they're completely safe for a totally 100% organic garden, & safe to leave there after the season is over, since it's a community garden.

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June 15, 20090 found this helpful

If you use milk jugs with tight fitting tops they will not drain as quickly.

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