This year the self-watering planters that I use to grow vegetables have been a blessing. While others struggled with the heat and drought, I just had to make sure the water reservoir had enough water. If you’re still container gardening in standard plastic and terracotta pots you should give sub-irrigation gardening a try. It really makes gardening a lot easier and a whole lot less stressful.
Lechuza is the first commercial line of self-watering planters I was introduced to a few years back. They make a beautiful and functional line of containers in various sizes, colors and shapes. I’m a big fan of my CUBICO and BALCONERA Cottage planters, and I may have to add a NIDO Cottage hanging planter to my collection after seeing it at the Independent Garden Center Show.
The NIDO planter can be set on the ground, but the with the stainless steel hanger it turns into a self-watering hanging basket.
Hanging planters in a small space get plants off the ground and out of the reach of children and pets. They're also a great option for those who want a touch of green in a small space like a balcony or patio.
I stopped growing plants in hanging baskets years ago because I found that up off the ground the cheap plastic planters dried too quickly, and when watering them a lot of water is wasted as it runs through the drainage hole. Now that there’s a self-watering planter option I may have to give it another shot.
The NIDO Cottage planter sells for $34.95 on the Lechuza website.