Having your own garden irrigation system in place can actually save you money because you don’t have to use as much water. The system puts water directly on the roots of your plants, where it needs to go. So, you’re not wasting water by dribbling it all over your actual plant. And, you can set the system to water whenever it is needed so you don’t have to worry about trekking out to the garden with a garden hose or worse, buckets of water for your watering.
Plants don’t normally require a lot of care and are great to have around for numerous reasons. However, there’s a problem. What will you do with your plants if you have to go away for a few days or more? They’re like quiet pets which you can’t take with you on trips and which have to be watered on a regular basis. The solution is quite simple: DIY self-watering planters. Yes there are quite a few fancy self-watering planters available in stores as well but they tend to be pretty expensive whereas these ones are super cheap and easy to make. And, if you like the thought of a self watering garden, then you are going to love these 10 DIY self watering planters for your potted plants.
Air Conditioner-Inspired Planter Garden
Recycling the water that drips down when you use the air conditioner is an effective and eco-friendly way to save up on your water bill while setting up a compact planter garden that waters itself without your intervention. Experiment this DIY by following the tutorial available here!
Garden Self Watering Planter
Look for two big containers, as one would be used as reservoir and other for planting. Also, you would need a deli container, which would be fixed inside the larger ones. By process to follow is quite simple and conventional, you can have details here:
Inverted Planter Garden
These planters solve two problems at once: they keep the plants well-hydrated during the hot summer days when watering regularly is essential, and they give you the opportunity to grow your favorite plants in a vertical garden like the setup. Visit Instructables to see the step by step article in detail.
Self Watering Bucket & Styrofoam Cup
Rather than throwing away your unused plastic buckets, how about using them as elegant plant waterers? A combination of two plastic buckets and styrofoam cup can be used as a reliable self-watering planter garden that is easy to create and a lot more fun to try out than in-ground watering. Plus, you will be eliminating one major problem, and that is regular water supply. So, you can stay away for weeks on vacation and still expect to come home to a flourishing cluster of potted greens. This interesting DIY was found on Crestone Solar School’s website.
Self Watering Concrete Planter
This planter will be made of two parts: a water reservoir on the bottom, and a top pot for the plant (psst- top pot spelled backwards is top pot!) There’s a hole in the bottom of the top pot with a wick that goes through it and sips water from the reservoir, so your plant only takes the small amount of water it needs any any given time. This is especially awesome for plants that don’t require much water, like succulents.
Check out how cute this self-watering planter is. It has two parts: a water reservoir at the bottom and the actual planter at the top. there’s a whole in the bottom of the planter with a wick coming out of it. The (or string) absorbs water and lets it seep into the soil, ensuring a suitable environment for the plant to grow in. You can make planters like this one using molds and concrete mix. Find all the details on instructables.
2 Bucket DIY Self Watering Pots:
With the help of two big bucket and Styrofoam cup, which would be used as water reservoir, you can build a simple, yet effective sort of diy self watering system. It would with the mechanism as inside and outside system. Once you have all the materials and the tools, you would simply require no time in assembling it. For details and further information, you can have a look here.
Convert a Standard Planter into a Self Watering Planter
If you are just about making the transition to self-watering container gardening and are looking for ways to use up your existing ordinary planters, then this DIY self-watering container project is an effective way out. This project is also nice for gardeners who like the idea of growing in self-watering planters, but want something that is more visually appealing than storage totes. Click here to see the project!
3 Self-Watering Planter Hacks
As with any self-watering planter, the idea is to let the plant water itself by either wicking water when needed or through a slow drip irrigation system of sorts. But you don’t have to spend a ton of money on specialty (read: expensive) pots. Just use materials you already have or repurpose old containers like soda bottles and milk cartons for a zero-waste alternative to pricey planters. Not only will the soil stay at the right moisture level but concentrating moisture at the roots may even help strengthen your plants root system, thus giving you stronger, more resilient plants.
There are lots of different ways to create self-watering planters, but different methods work better for different plants. Moisture loving ferns and hardy rubber plants have very different watering needs so you should tailor your methods accordingly. Same goes for size of the plant you’re watering. If you’re not sure which method is best for your plant, do a test run before hitting the road. You want to make sure the soil stays consistently damp but not soaking wet.