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How do I water my hard to reach plants?

Maintaining a healthy and thriving garden can sometimes be challenging, especially when your plants become overgrown or hard to reach. To make watering these plants easier and to avoid damaging their foliage, a DIY milk jug and surgical tubing watering device can be an effective solution. This guide will walk you through the process of creating your own watering wand.

Materials Needed:
  • 1 empty and clean 1-gallon milk jug
  • 5-7' of 5/8" tubing (use whatever length fits your needs)
  • 1 razor or cutting device
  • 1 tube of water-resistant glue
  • 3 or 4' of bamboo or any other rod or stick
Step 1: Prepare the Milk Jug

First, take your milk jug and cut enough of the top off so you can easily pour water into it. Be careful not to cut into the handle. Next, cut a small star where you want the tube to enter the jug, ensuring it's just large enough for the tube to squeeze through. Avoid cutting a star in the bottom of the jug, as you won't be able to set the jug down when it's full of water.

Step 2: Insert the Tubing

Insert the tubing into the star-shaped hole you created in the milk jug. Leave about 1/4 of an inch of tubing inside the jug to ensure a secure fit.

Step 3: Apply Glue

Apply water-resistant glue around the tubing on both the outside and inside of the jug. Be careful not to glue the tube shut, as this will prevent water flow.

Step 4: Attach the Tube to the Rod

Use tape to secure the tubing to the bamboo rod or any other rod/stick you've chosen. It's recommended to leave about 6 inches of tubing free to aid in maneuverability when watering your plants.


This DIY milk jug watering device is an affordable and effective solution for watering hard-to-reach plants in your garden. With just a few simple materials, you can create a watering wand that will make maintaining your garden a breeze. For those who prefer not to create their own device, similar telescopic lance watering devices are available at your local garden center. These come with an on/off trigger and attach to the popular 'standard Hozelock type' snap-on hose connector for easy use.
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