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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 http://www.walterreeves.com/how-to-archive/self-watering-planter/.

Got a question about this project?

  • Suzanne Richmond
    Suzanne Richmond Melbourne, FL
    on Jun 6, 2013

    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 www.funkychickenfarm.com Purchase the manual and I will send the pdf file.. It includes directions on how to make Worm Composting bins too.

  • Nancy Hatcher
    Nancy Hatcher Republic, MO
    on Jun 24, 2013

    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. On a positive note - your raised, self-watering planters are wonderful! Thank you!

  • Larose LoganOakes
    Larose LoganOakes Annandale, VA
    on Aug 10, 2013

    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!

  • Catherine Smith
    Catherine Smith Fredericksburg, VA
    on Sep 9, 2013

    What a great idea. I'll have to talk to my BIL who is the carpenter guy around here. Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen Mitchell
    Karen Mitchell
    on Jun 8, 2017

    As far as I can tell, the wood sits in the water. I don't like that idea. Gardening Australia site has a better idea. Everything is exactly the same, but they used foam boxes which we can get here, then instead of using the wood/cups/plastic base, you can use hydroponic pebbles, other pebbles (I used river pebbles and charcoal). Then you line your container with garden liner, or me, I had some shade cloth laying around, so i used that. Add your soil, done!

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