An Irish gardening expert has shared an easy and eco-friendly way to keep plants hydrated throughout the year. Joe, also known as @joesgarden on TikTok, recommended using old water bottles to water plants and the surrounding soil. With a following of 1.5 million, Joe regularly shares gardening tips and tricks with his audience.
In a TikTok video, Joe demonstrated how to make a simple watering system using an old water bottle and a nail. He suggested poking three small holes in the bottom of the bottle, before burying it up to the neck next to the plants that need watering. This way, the water will go straight to the roots where it is needed most. Joe also advised putting the lid back on the bottle to prevent mosquitoes.
Joe said that the system works well and makes daily watering easier as all you have to do is fill up the bottle. The water will drain out faster if the soil is dry and slower if the soil is already saturated. The TikTok video has gained over 616,500 views and 39,600 likes, with many followers sharing their positive reactions in the comments.
Some users expressed their enthusiasm for the idea, with one saying, “That’s really cool! Definitely going to give it a go.” Another user commented, “Genius! Love your content!” and a third added, “Simple and effective.” However, not everyone was convinced, with one user pointing out that the system may not wet the whole pot, only the immediate area around the bottle. Another user raised concerns about microplastics getting into the garden.
Despite the mixed reactions, Joe’s simple and eco-friendly watering system is a great way for gardeners to reuse old water bottles and keep their plants hydrated with minimal effort. This is also a great way to reduce waste and promote sustainability.