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Photo: Toa55 (Shutterstock) Your garden and potted plants can really benefit from a drip irrigation system. These systems reduce the time you have to spend watering your plants, can help keep fragile plants properly watered on hot days, and keep house plants watered while you go out of town for a long weekend. Many drip irrigation systems can be created with just a few simple tools and materials and can be filled with rainwater, making them simple and affordable. Here’s how you can make one. Figure out which method you want to use There are three main kinds of drip irrigation system: The wick method. This involves filling a container or multiple containers with water and then installing a wick , rope , or string that will use gravity to slowly move water from the container to the soil, keeping your plants hydrated over a period of time. This method can be used in raised beds, for potted plants, or even for individual plants that are right in the ground. You can use any kind of container that will hold water and which allows you to run a string from above the height of the soil into the soil to allow gravity to carry the water. Some people use empty plastic bottles, buckets, or pots. Buried container method. This simple drip system uses a buried container like a milk jug, a five-gallon bucket, or a barrel with small holes poked in the sides. After poking small holes in your […]