Self-watering Planter

I have really appreciated my original Really Raised Bed for starting transplants and nurturing tender plants I get in the mail. But these beds must be watered frequently to keep the soil from drying out.

I decided to make a self-watering raised bed and it has been a rousing success!

I have directions for making your own self-watering, really raised bed at

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  • Catherine Smith
    Catherine Smith Fredericksburg, VA
    What a great idea. I'll have to talk to my BIL who is the carpenter guy around here. Thanks for sharing.
  • Larose LoganOakes
    Larose LoganOakes Annandale, VA
    I am so excited about this idea! I have convinced my husband to build these for me and I look forward to next Spring and growing my first official garden! Thanks for the information and the inspiration!
  • Nancy Hatcher
    Nancy Hatcher Republic, MO
    Walter, I just checked out your directions and was amazed to find instructions for growing kudzu! Of all the destructive invasive plants kudzu is one of the worst in the south! At least it dies back in the cold north winters.
  • Suzanne Richmond
    Suzanne Richmond Melbourne, FL
    I designed a self-watering Growbox that you can make yourself. Once you learn how it costs only $8-$9 to make. You can check it out at our website
  • Pandora Jade
    Pandora Jade Seymour, IN
    CITY PICKERS 24.5 in. x 20.5 in. Raised Bed Patio Garden Kit with Watering System and Casters

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  • Debi
    Debi Marietta, GA
    Noreen...if you follow the link at the beginning of the article for his "really raised beds" there are instructions there. You will have to adapt if for the self watering containers tho. I LOVE this idea and ill definitely make at least one this fall so
  • Barbara R
    Barbara R Vineland, NJ
    Wow, this is a home-made earth box! I love it. I have three Earth Boxes that cost a bundle but function very well, wish I'd thought of this!
  • Noreen Nusbaum
    Noreen Nusbaum Nassau, NY
    I would like to know how to build the table , what is needed ect. Thanks
  • VP J
    VP J Norcross, GA
    I love your idea! The instructions are very good.
  • Cathy T
    Cathy T Glenside, PA
    Thanks for the great idea. I'd like to combine this with a hypertufa planter; maybe build the water reservoir into the planter as I make it.
  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA
    Now I do have a hunny do for my husband next spring...he doesn't like it when I use his power tools. lol
  • Bernadette M
    Bernadette M Snoqualmie, WA
    Love this and need to make one myself as we wind into fall in my parts
  • Christina
    Christina Rosedale, MD
    I'd like to make a table height garden like this one for next year! I have a very similar method for making my self watering planters, only I modify store bought planters instead of using tubs. Though I really like the height of yours. Mine are posted
  • Sharron W
    Sharron W Memphis, TN
    Walter this is Genius! Thanks so Much, I'm pretty sure I won't have any problems following these directions!
  • Stephanie @ Garden Therapy
    great project! I wonder if you could face the front of the table with some different sizes of cedar so it would look decorative on a deck?
Walter Reeves