Walter Reeves
Walter Reeves
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  • Decatur, GA

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
Swiss chard and kale last spring
Swiss chard and kale last spring
more Swiss chard and kale
more Swiss chard and kale
zinnia and fennel this summer
zinnia and fennel this summer

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  • Catherine Smith
    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
    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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