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DIY: Self-Watering Container Garden

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Published on May 28, 2015

The benefits of container gardens is that they are very water-efficient. Plants receive their water from the water reservoir below the soil so they can get as much water as they need and no water is wasted through evaporation. Since plants are free to take as much water as the want, they are never stressed for water which results in better tasting fruits and vegetables. In addition, with the water reservoir there is no need to constantly water your plants and it's easy to leave your plants when on vacation, particularly if you set your hose on a timer.

(By the way, our first container garden contained tomatoes and I had to leave for 3 weeks. Even with no access to a hose, I figured out a way to water the tomatoes while I was out of town. Comment or message me if you'd like to know how I did it).

Now, there are many different designs on how to make container gardens. My husband first made one using mesh baskets which he had to cut up and place upside down in a container...and sometimes after all that work, it wouldn't work as the container would collapse. He found a better solution using corrugated drain pipe and he was really excited as it was very easy to build compared to his previous container gardens.

The total price of the materials will be over $50, but you'll have plenty of extra flex pipe and corrugated drain pipe for additional container gardens.

Here are the materials he used:

Commander 27-Gallon Tote
http://www.lowes.com/pd_44066-61896-4...

FLEX-Drain Corrugated Pipe with Filter Sock 4" x 25'
http://www.lowes.com/pd_259814-62059-...

10' Orbit Polyethylene Riser Flex Pipe
http://www.lowes.com/pd_194543-74985-...

Apollo 3/4" Polyethylene Drip Irrigation Elbow
http://www.lowes.com/pd_194590-61002-...

Apollo 3/4" PVC Drip Irrigation Female Adapter
http://www.lowes.com/pd_129318-61002-...

Miracle-Gro 64 qt. Moisture Control Potting Mix
http://www.lowes.com/pd_235180-446-76...

OUTTAKES VIDEO:
https://youtu.be/1Bfambfk424

MUSIC:
Morning Mood by Grieg
(This song was downloaded from YouTube's Audio Library.)

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