Repurposed Coffee Can For Deep Soak Watering                 

by Texas Homesteader~

In the heat of summer, the rain taps typically turn completely off here in NE Texas. It’s typical for us to struggle keeping everything watered.

I suppose I complicate things by insisting that all outside watering be done only though Captured Rainwater. I’ve never liked the idea of treated, drinkable water being pumped from miles away just for me to pour on the ground.

So with a few exceptions such as during drought when the trees could die if I don’t offer assistance, plants are watered only with rainwater. But keeping plants watered during the hot, dry Texas summers requires some conservation. Come see my conservation tips.

A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

Using Only Rainwater

Since I like to use only rainwater to water outside plants, I make sure to have plenty of it available. I have three 50-60 gallon water catchment containers attached to three different house gutters.

When they’re full I have a large 30-gallon bucket for overflow water. I keep them covered to ward off mosquitoes, but in the photo below I’ve removed the cover so you can see how much water they hold. I use those buckets first, dipping watering cans into them to fill and water plants.

Rainwater catchment system. A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

I also have a deep cement cistern with a pump that I use to water my garden. That water is also captured from a downspout in our home’s gutters.

But it’s delivered to the cistern via underground pipe. When I need to water the garden I flip on the pump and water away!

Rainwater catchment into deep underground cistern. A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

But even though this cistern holds several hundred gallons of water, when the rain taps turn off it doesn’t take long watering the garden every other day to drain that cistern.

So I’m still very careful with my water use. Especially during the hot, dry months of summer.

Conserving Moisture In The Garden

The intense sun can dry up any moisture in the soil pretty quickly when the temps tickle with the 100 degree mark, which is common here.

So I’m sure to cover the ground around my plants. This both insulates them from that heat as well as conserves moisture.

Keep plants mulched. A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

So I’m careful to mulch my plants against that harsh environment. I typically use spent hay from around the hayring. Many other gardeners might use (cured) grass clippings from mowing their lawn. But the important thing is to cover that ground.

I also utilize living mulch. To be honest, this is my favorite. I simply plant vining plants in my garden to grow along the soil around other plants.

Living mulch watermelon vine. A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

My favorite is cantaloupe, pumpkin, squash or watermelon. They grow along just doing what they do and making us food. But in doing so they’re also shading the ground around my tomatoes. Win/win, yes?

Eliminating The competition

Anyway, today I’m in the garden watering. I usually try to water in the cool of the morning – it’s gonna be a HOT one today!

As I’m giving the plants a drink I am reaching down and pulling up any wayward weeds or grass.

Coffee cans to hold pulled weeds

There’s no need in a weed taking up valuable nutrients and moisture from my garden! Those small plants are placed in a Repurposed Coffee Can to be delivered soon to my composter

Slow The Flow

Another way I’m able to conserve water is to find a delivery system that allows the water to drain out slooooowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in down to the roots instead of running off.

In the past I’ve used a Plastic Jar With A Drilled Lid. RancherMan simply drills the lid with tiny holes.

I’ll dip the jar in my rainwater’s overflow and screw the top back on. Then I’ll tip it upside down on top of the soil at the stem of my plant and let gravity do the rest.

Plastic jar helps keep potted plants watered. A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

Over the next several minutes I’ll see bubbles rising one by one. That means the water is dripping from those holes and watering my plant. I use this method most often for potted plants.

But today in my veggie garden I’ll use a similar method for my deep soak watering. Only this time I’m using an empty repurposed coffee can.

I’ve written before about the Many Uses Of A Repurposed Coffee Can. I’ve used them in the garden for Corralling Weeds or making EcoBricks for raised beds. Today I’ll be helping my garden plants stay properly watered.

Repurposed Coffee Can To Water Garden Plants

First I took the snap-off lid from an empty coffee can. Then I  punched several small holes in it with a nail.

A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

Now when it’s time to water my Luffa plant I take off the lid and fill the can with water from a water hose bringing water from my cistern. Then I snap the lid back on and carefully turn it upside down.

Once again, gravity will do its thing and the water will drip slowly from those small holes. The roots get a thorough deep soak watering, giving the plant a fighting chance against the brutality of a 100-degree Texas summer day!

A repurposed coffee can can be used for deep soak watering in the garden. It conserves water while allowing water to slowly drip. #TexasHomesteader

Since the coffee we love to drink comes in these handy cans, I always have plenty ready and waiting to be used. And I think conserving natural rainwater for deep soak watering while helping my garden to thrive is a fine use indeed.

#UseWhatchaGot!

~TxH~

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2 thoughts on “Repurposed Coffee Can For Deep Soak Watering                 

  1. candace ford

    While we can see drought conditions here in western Oregon, we don’t often have too much problem. Though with global warming changes are happening. We live on a small river and the neighbors have set a tiny pump down at the water, but I expect that’s illegal. Now I’m even more concerned about water consumption because the bird man has installed a wonderful water purification system and every bit of our water runs through that. One simple thing I do is keep a bucket in the shower and use it to flush the toilet in the morning or water the few house plants. Because the spring that provides our water has never seemed to run low it’s only since we began purifying that I have even thought much about conservation. It has been a pretty dry summer here so far. Good luck with all your efforts.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I love that you’re conservation minded with your water – and how wonderful to have a water purification system. RancherMan is currently researching one for our home. If you don’t mind me asking – what kind did you settle on and how do you like it? ~TxH~

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