Introduction Save water and grow healthier veggies and flowers with a self-watering planter. When we tasked our editors with designing some DIY self-watering planters, the results were incredible.
The self-watering planter boxes themselves were gorgeous, they kept rabbits and other critters from munching on the greens, and we went for weeks on end without having to water. In this article, we’ll show you how to build self-watering planters for yourself.
After we built the basic box, we moved the planter to its final position and then added the self-watering system, soil and plants. .
How to Build a Self Watering Garden
Once this is leveled you will start building the frame of your wicking garden, like the picture below. Garden Bed FrameNow it should look like a normal garden bed, your frame is level and built to where you want it to be.
If you just stopped here and filled up the area with soil you would have a normal raised garden bed! But for you adventurers let’s look at what we need to do next to build a wicking garden. Just pick the level that you want to garden to overflow at and add another PVC pipe that runs out of the garden bed.
Wicking Bed Construction, How to Build a Self-Watering Wicking
If using a raised bed is not possible, only then use a wicking bed. Now that we understand the benefits and limitations of a wicking bed system, let’s have a look at how they work..Wicking Bed Design TheoryA wicking bed is quite a simple design as shown in the diagram belowThe size of the wicking bed is essentially personal preference, it can be vary from a small tub which sits on a table or stand, all the way through to a full garden bed sized wicking bed system. To construct a wicking bed you will need the following materials:Raised garden bed – prefabricated steel raised garden bed or DIY timber raised garden bed– prefabricated steel raised garden bed or DIY timber raised garden bed Pond liner – either PVC or the more expensive butyl rubber (these have very long warranties on then and are designed not to leak.
Wicking Bed Construction – Step by StepIn this instructional article we’ll be using a galvanised steel raised bed as the base for our wicking bed. Wicking Bed MaintenanceTo maintain a wicking bed, flush out the whole system at least once a year.
Set Up a Self Watering Raised Bed: Premade and DIY Options
The benefits of a self watering raised bed have become clear after a summer of constant daily watering due to drought. The benefits of a self watering raised bedJust like growing in regular raised beds, self watering setups have a multitude of benefits—and some added advantages.
A self watering raised bed can be placed anywhere. Kits and pre-fabricated plantersThere are a lot of really great self watering raised bed planters, both pre-constructed, and available as kits. Building your own self watering raised bedIf you want to go the DIY route, there are a few different options. .
How to Build Your Own Self-Watering Garden: Sub-Irrigation 101
Full disclosure - We developed SIP.tech to make building self-watering gardens easy and strait forward for everyone from DIYers to garden professionals. For placing reservoir liner directly on grade, ideal surfaces are:PaversDecksConcrete/PatiosRounded river rock or pea gravelOutdoor tileCompressed earth, wood chips and grass are okay. Step 2: Build the BoxKey Take Away: Build a garden with an interior free from obstructions. They can be trimmed with a saw if necessary, but building the garden suit tends to be easier. Step 3: Drilling the Hole for the OverFlow ValveKey Take Away: Center the overflow hole at 3" from the bottom of INSIDE your garden. .
How to Build a Self-Watering Vegetable Garden
Put a layer of landscape fabric along the bottom of the inside of the garden bed to keep out weeds. Pour the soil into the garden bed on top of the landscape fabric. Then, connect a regular garden hose to irrigation timer on one end, and the bottom end of the corner bracket on the raised garden bed on the other end. Resources:Jenn built a heftier raised garden bed using cedar 2x lumber, which she got from Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.
Because the homeowners wanted to grow vegetables in the garden, Jenn selected an organic raised bed/potting soil mix. .
DIY Sub-Irrigated (Self Watering) Raised Cedar Garden Planter
This Do It Yourself Sub Irrigated (or Self Watering) Raised Cedar Garden Bed is designed to not only be functional but absolutely gorgeous to look at! What is a SIP & How Does This Garden Bed Work? Some cal it self watering because the rain water is collected into the reservoir to reduce needing to hand fill it. The DIY Sub-Irrigated (Self Watering) Raised Cedar Garden Planter Woodworking Plan:At first glance this woodworking plan may seem a little overwhelming but I promise it will come together quickly and you will love the end result.
Download Your Free Woodworking Plan:Self Watering Bed Soil Mixture:This bed uses 2 different soil mixtures to make it work: 1 for around the drain pipes for wicking power and 1 for above the drain pipes. .
My New Raised Garden Bed for Vegetables
If you are not excited about digging a new garden, consider a raised garden bed to grow vegetables and flowers. Wait until you see these amazing raised garden beds I’m using to grow vegetables and herbs! Our raised bed vegetable garden by the shed was totally falling apart. My New Raised Garden Beds for Planting VegetablesNow you can grow whatever you want in these self-watering raised garden beds, but I want to grow vegetables.
Easy to Assemble Raised Garden Beds by Gardener’s SupplyThese raised garden beds were easy to assemble and come in a variety of sizes. .