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It's getting to be that time of year when we gardeners spend way too much of our time (and water!) watering thirsty plants. Most likely that rings especially true for those of us with edible container gardens, as plants in pots tend to lose moisture a whole lot quicker than those in the ground. But what if you could build a container garden that literally waters itself? It's actually not that hard.DIY Self-Watering Container Gardens
Jasmin has written before over at Planet Green about building a DIY self-watering container garden, and Jaymi also mentioned them as part of her guide to efficiently watering a container garden. But I've just come across a great resource from Mike Lieberman—Urban Organic Gardener—where he shares his various plans for DIY, self-built, self-watering container gardens.
Recycled Materials Become Self-Watering Plant Pots
Using mostly reclaimed materials like 5 gallon food-grade buckets, soda bottles, piping and vinyl tile, Mike has 4 different self-watering container garden designs posted on his site. Some are as simple as a container within a container with some holes drilled in the inner bucket, while others include piping to allow for easy watering without taking the planting bucket out.
It's certainly not rocket science, and these look like they'd work like a charm. (They also look a whole lot cheaper than the $45 self-watering containers I see in my garden store!) We'd love to hear from anyone who has tried these out. In the meantime, here's a video of Mike explaining his creation.