The first package of seeds have come in and IT IS RAINING! Great sign, and optimism.
As I was searching for a better way to conserve water I ran across the Ooze Tube. Actually there are a few things out there called the ooze tube but this one was for trees and adapted later for tomato plants. Neat idea but soooo expensive to use. For one short section they want $29.99.
That started my mind running on ways to use everyday items or recycled items to do the same thing. Basically the ooze tube is a rubber or plastic tube that can be filled up with water, then slowly releases it through emitters or tiny holes. As the water releases it slows down even more and trains the new plant to search deeper for water.
Depending on size and how fast the water 'oozes' out you could water once every few weeks and still supply your plants with the necessary moisture it needs.
What could be used that we could get locally at a reasonable price or what could we recycle? I thought of getting non-perforated, corrugated black pipe that is used for drains and close off both ends and add a filling hole on top. I have not calculated how much water could be held in a 4" diameter pipe, but the basic concept seems to work. Maybe we would need something larger, but black would hold heat for early season plantings.
Large inner tubes could be recycled to fit around tomatoes giving them water and warmth. Later in the year they could be covered with white plastic to provide some cooling during night temps over 80 when fruit set is hampered by the heat, or more light reflection when leaves start to reduce your growing hours.
Rigid plastic pipe could be sealed then stood on end and buried in a section of garden a few inches down. The pipe could be filled with water and feed several plants as well as be used to support them. Maybe tomatoes or cukes? If looks are not too important, you could fill old garbage cans and let the water slowly leak from them.
Of course all these systems could also be used to deliver fertilizer like fish emulsion, seaweed, compost tea.........