Creating a container garden can be incredibly fulfilling. However, if you frequently forget to maintain a watering schedule, a self watering garden may be a viable solution. One of the biggest benefits of self watering containers is that plants draw up the water they need, when they need it. Beyond general care for the plant itself, with a self watering planter all you have to do is make sure the reservoir is periodically filled to keep plants moisturized.
Self-watering planters are available to buy, but sometimes they don’t meet the dimensions, look, or requirements needed to create the container garden you’d prefer. We’re going to walk you through one of the easiest ways you can create a self watering container garden.
How to Make a DIY Self Watering Container Garden
Double potting or “cache” potting is a classic method often used to allow plants some proper drainage without damaging surfaces. To use this technique, simply pot your plant in a grow pot, then place the plant and grow pot into a larger, more attractive container. The grow pot is hidden, and your plant looks like it is nestled directly in the exterior container. Though this method is used to make sure your plant has adequate drainage, you can also use this technique to create a self watering container garden.
1. Place capillary wicks in the bottom of your grow pot, with the ends sticking out through the bottom drainage holes.
2. Use soil to plant your foliage in the grow pot, on top of the capillary wicks.
3. Set cross risers in the bottom of the larger, exterior planter.
4. Position the grow pot on top of the cross risers. This creates a small reservoir, and keeps the bottom of the grow pot out of the water which helps to prevent root rot. Make sure the capillary wicks are able to touch the bottom of the exterior plant container.
5. Fill the bottom of the larger exterior planter with water, making sure the ends of the capillary wicks are dipped in the water. Water will wick up towards the plant’s roots, and allow the plant to gather moisture as needed.
Using this technique, you don’t have to be limited to one large exterior plant container and one plant. Use a large, rectangular planter and multiple cross risers and grow pots to create an extra large self watering container garden with different varieties of foliage, flowers or fruit and vegetables.
Let your imagination run wild with planting possibilities, while alleviating your schedule of plant watering responsibilities.
If you don’t want to make your own self watering container garden, there are plenty of self-watering planters, both large and small, ready for your plants and creativity.