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Self-Watering Container Garden

I found these delightful self-watering containers at a local hardware store. I always begin the growing season with the good intention for watering my plants regularly. Slowly but surely, as the season moves into the hot and sticky months, my intentions are quickly forgotten and my garden begins to fade. I’m hoping these little babies will help me find success this year.

The containers are assembled by adding caster wheels and inserting the watering tube in the corner.
The wicking action is supported by inserting moist potting mix into the three remaining corners.
Continue to fill the container with potting mix and fertilizer.
Filling the container to the rim is essential.
Fit the landscape fabric over top the container. Snip a hole in the fabric for the watering tube.
Snip evenly spaced slits into fabric to accommodate plants.
Beginning in the center, work your way out planting greens through the landscape fabric.
Using the watering tube, fill container with water. Secure cloth drawstring and place in the sunshine.

4 thoughts on “Self-Watering Container Garden

  1. Those seem similar to the self-wicking containers Mr. Leon tells how to make (more cheerful, too, since mine are black). If you’re interested, he teaches how to make them here – 2 things I learned by trial and error, having an air layer between water and soil is important to keep the soil from getting too soggy. Second, putting compost on the bottom instead of our sandy soil makes a huge difference.


  2. Yep, I’ve seen Mr. Leon’s videos… he’s a champ! I read lots of reviews for these planters and followed the directions for their system. I’m thrilled to see so many self-watering options out there these days! Thanks for sharing!😊


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