A gardener is showing viewers how to water their entire garden using only a $5 pot.
In a brief TikTok video, The Cottage Peach (@thecottagepeach), who has more than 43,000 followers, shows viewers this creative way to water their garden while saving lots of water in the long term.
“Kind of like magic,” she says.
The gardener begins by showing viewers a $5 terra-cotta pot and explains how she covered the hole in the middle with “special moldable glue.”
She places the pot into a hole in the soil and describes how “as the soil dries out it’s going to pull moisture from the inside of the pot to the outside.”
“An 8-inch pot can water up to 2 feet away on all sides,” she adds, and finishes by informing viewers that this method also “encourages plants to develop stronger root systems.”
How it’s helping
This method can be extremely helpful when it comes to saving water. Each day across the U.S., Americans use approximately 8 billion gallons of water for outdoor water use alone.
If enough gardeners adopted similar methods when irrigating their gardens, an enormous amount of water could potentially be saved on a cumulative basis.
However, having a garden still saves lots of water when compared to owning a traditional grass lawn, since native grasses and plants naturally require less water than more commonly used grass.
Saving water is especially important today, given that human industrial activities are warming our planet, and heat waves and droughts are becoming more common and more severe.
The U.S., for example, is continuously getting hit by increasingly powerful heat waves and droughts. It’s just one reason why we need to learn about better ways to reduce our water footprint.
What’s everyone saying?
Commenters had plenty of questions and comments about this innovative and simple way to potentially save lots of water.
“This is genius,” one said.
“ If you put some water over the rocks in the lid, bees can come in to have a little drink and rest before continuing with their amazing bee work!” another added.
Another commenter brought a bit of humor into the situation.
“Not me waiting for you to fill up the pot and dump it on your entire garden several times,” they wrote.
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