Build irrigation for the garden yourself - that's how it works

Build irrigation for the garden yourself - that's how it works

Drip irrigation for the garden - without a pump

This simple form of drip irrigation works completely without electricity or an external water connection, and is particularly suitable for vegetable beds and herbaceous borders. All you need is a rain barrel with a capacity of at least 1500 liters and various garden hoses that can be connected to one another. And this is how you install the system:

  • Place the rain barrel (s) on a pedestal about 50 to 100 centimeters high.
  • Lay out the garden hoses in such a way that they can provide optimal irrigation.
  • Review your plan and correct the situation if necessary.
  • The water should always be able to exit directly at the roots.
  • Connect the hoses to one another and close each end piece with a stopper.
  • Connect one or more hoses to the rain barrel (s).
  • Perforate the hoses where you want water to come out.
  • Get the system working.

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Then you just have to make sure that the rain barrel (s) is refilled regularly.

Irrigation system with electricity and water connections

If you have an external power and / or water connection in the garden, you can perfect the irrigation system described above (€ 69.29 on Amazon *) with a submersible pump, for example, or move the water supply straight to the house connection. In this way, an irrigation system for the lawn can also be installed by coupling different irrigation elements (e.g. square, pop-up or area sprinklers) with one another using hoses and connecting them to a tap. However, this should have a pressure of at least 0.5 bar for the automatic watering to work. You can install irrigation systems both above and below ground, but they are not suitable for vegetable or perennial beds: Here, irrigation should take place directly at the roots and not through the leaves,otherwise fungal diseases threaten.


A garden fountain can be useful for inexpensive irrigation. However, this cannot be drilled yourself, as specialists usually have to work.