1. Jenn-
    I think this would be a great idea for me out here in Arizona, especially for tomatoes! Thanks!

  2. This is a wonderfully helful tut! Thank you for sharing your mistakes, also. I would have cut the insert too small if I hadn’t seen yours first. I would not have thought of the drainage holes, either. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leslie-you are welcome! Glad to share the mistakes. .. it keeps others from making them!

  3. This is a great tutorial. Often, you can’t tell what someone is trying to say. You are clear and concise. Thanks

    • Thanks Jim-I personally like a very detailed tutorial when I’m trying a new project. . . so I always strive to write a tutorial the way I’d want it if I was following it 🙂

  4. What a great idea! I could actually have my vegi-garden this way!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie. I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  5. How did this hold up? I have a hard time keeping things alive and thought that this would help this year, hopefully.

  6. Great idea! I am going to make some. We had a drought last year and I wore myself out watering raised beds everyday from the rainbarrels. What about inserting a tube into the overflow holes (like on a rainbarrel) and point the tube or section of a hose towards another plant or flower bed?

  7. I am making these this year and so far so good! I drilled two holes next to the PVC pipe and secured it with a zip tie instead of duct tape so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it deteriorating or anything leeching from it. I used plastic containers from lunch meat with holes punched in them as sadly I could not find any baskets like those. Thanks for such a great idea!

  8. It’s an OK idea but the self watering planters I’ve seen at Gardener’s Supply look really nice, are guaranteed and come with a cage, soil, fertilizer and hundreds of great ratings for not much more than the cost of your materials. Great for a DIYer but not so much for busy people.


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