August 22, 2014

DIY Blinged Hose Guides

I don’t have an irrigation system set up in my veggie garden so I’m always dragging the hose around. I realized I needed some hose guides so that I don’t smoosh my plants while watering. I had some vintage glass door knobs that I thought would be perfect for this project.  You could also try drapery finials.  Here’s how to make your own blinged hose guides.

how to make pretty hose guides using vintage door knobs
My first thought was to use rebar for the base since I have some. But the  holes in my knobs were too small. Then I thought maybe the copper pipes in the plumbing department might work.

Those were also too big. I just wanted something that I could stick into the knobs. You certainly could glue your object on top of the copper pipes like I did with this teacup birdfeeder . I didn’t want to  do that this time.

diy hose guide material and plants

So I wandered Home Depot looking for something to fit my knobs and finally found these metal poles ($2 & change). My knobs screw right on top!

hose guide

Plus being metal they were easy to shove into the dirt and seem very stable.

diy hose guides

So far they’ve worked really well and keep the hose from trampling my veggies while I’m watering and also have not damaged my hose. If you’re concerned about your hose getting damaged you could put this in a copper pipe that’s a bit larger (that way the pipe would spin around the metal rod). But I haven’t had any problems.

 Update: 3 years later and I’m still using these hose guides!

DIY hose guides

Let me know if you make a hose guide. I’d love to see it!

DIY hose guides

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Comments

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Cute idea for the hose guides! The veggies look great-enjoy:@)

  2. What a great idea for a hose guide! My husband is always saving things he finds, so I’m hoping he had some pretty doorknobs. I want to do this!

    I can’t believe how far ahead you are in your garden. Congrats on growing zucchinis. Mine are just little seedlings so far.

    • Good! Let me know when you do.

      Well it’s so hot now that I’m sure my garden will peter out by July. We’re in the 90′s already!! Those veggies were delish I must say. I roasted them with a bit of pesto and sea salt – Yummy!

      Manuela

  3. Manuela, You always have your thinking cap on, girl! I am in need of some hose guides now that the front landscaping is in. While I have a sprinkler system, I still need access to the hose bib to wash the car or water plants and the hose caddy is in one of the beds. I sure don’t want my new plants and flowers damaged! What a novel idea this is. I guess I need to dig out some old door knobs and head for the Depot, huh? You are so lucky to have a garden going already! I rely on the generosity of friends and neighbors to keep me supplied! LOL I have brown thumb, ya know….. :-)

  4. How precious! See? You have the prettiest veggie garden of anyone I know! LOL

    Zucchini likes to be ignored. Hopefully, this is just what you did! How I envy your fresh veggies. We have had such cool weather and so much rain that nothing is even in the ground yet, except potatoes and asparagus!

    Enjoy this lovely day!

  5. What a great idea! I need to do that, my hose is always threatening to destroy my lovely little plants. Thanks for the great idea.
    Hugs, Cindy

  6. Oh, that’s so pretty! I love this idea and I can imagine the sun shining on this and making sparkles all over the garden!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Clever girl!

    Those look great!

  8. What a good idea for hose guides. You’re not alone with the zuke difficulties — I used to be able to grow so many that I had to give tons away and make loaves upon loaves of zucchini bread to freeze — but then I hit about a 15 year stretch of not harvesting one single zuke! But hope “spring”s eternal — I’ll see what this year brings. My zukes are still babies now, my bush beans are just getting flowers, but I harvested a pint of sugar snap peas, a handful of radishes, some lettuce. But we are supposed to hit close to 90 today and tomorrow — all the clouds and rain from that storm front over in Missouri and Arkansas have been holding it a bit cooler here in west TN. But the humidity is a hundred zillion per cent.

    Diana

    • Hope does spring eternal! Gardening is all about hope isn’t it. Keep at it – you never know, this may be the year of zukes!

      Manuela

  9. Manuela, I bought a hose guide. It’s cute. A fleur de lis, but it isn’t anywhere near as darling as yours! You always have the best ideas.

  10. Manuela I want them all over my yard! Aren’t you smart!

    Choc. zucchini bread?

  11. Love this idea for a hose guide!! I have drip irrigation in my veggie garden so I don’t need it there, but I am thinking around the front of the house….hmmmm
    Hugs,
    Penny

    • Being the wonderful artist that you are, you could mosaic some knobs. Or little mosaic birdhouses on poles – that would be cute!

      Manuela

  12. What a simple, great idea! I wondered how those little ones sold in stores were supposed to guide a hose being on 5″ tall. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog (just found it about a month or so ago), especially since I think you’re close to my gardening zone. And I’m jealous you’re already getting a crop. Congrats on the zucchini!

  13. Cool idea, I’ll be on the lookout for some cute knobs now:>)

  14. Not only is that a funtional piece it is sooo pretty in your garden too. I am going to try it. I also am loving the look of straw/hay in a garden this year. I see that you have used it too, Is there a particular reason that you use it or is it just because you like the look?
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

    • I prefer tree mulch but haven’t been able to get any into my backyard for years without having to bring it in by wheelbarrow (and that’s too much work). My city will only dump it on the curb or your driveway. Wheat straw is inexpensive and bale goes a long way. I do like the look! But mostly it’s to help suppress weeds in the paths. I’d love to do something like gravel paths (love the crunchy sound) but that garden is on a slope and those little pebbles would eventually slide into the rest of the yard.

  15. Regina Helms says:

    What a great idea, your vegetables look delicious!

  16. I love your idea for a hose guide. It has me wanting to look around for something unique to use. i am so jealous of your first harvest. We are so behind this year and I just got my tomatoes in the ground today! I think I’ll live vicariously through your garden this year! =)

  17. Another great idea! Congrats on the harvest! It’s been so cold and damp in NY we haven’t planted a thing!

  18. What a great idea! It’s been raining here so much that I haven’t had to do much watering lately. But I’m sure I’ll need to make a couple of these hose guides for the summer. All of the really pretty ones are so expensive. Your garden looks great. Enjoy your zucchini. We love it. If you grate it and put it in freezer bags, you’ll have some on hand for zucchini bread (or whatever) in the winter. Super easy.

  19. I love the way you make something so wonderful out of ordinary – doable – parts and pieces. I love your hose guides – they are just right for your garden. I’m not dragging hoses in my garden much. We’re having rain just about every other day or so. A natural watering system! Soon I will be dealing with hoses and making sure things are watered often. Our gardens are far behind yours because of our later cold weather.
    ~Adrienne~

  20. Those hose guides are so clever and beautiful!

    I’m glad you are finally enjoying your own homegrown zucchini. What a nice treat.

    As for the grilled romaine-get your grill nice and hot and it is super quick(like, perhaps as quick as mere seconds). Let me know what you think of it.

  21. Now how cute and simple is that. Love it!!!! Clarice

  22. I’m so glad I stopped by your blog. I’m so inspired by the beauty of your garden. I’ll be on the lookout for some beautiful knobs.