1. Amyrlin says

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

  2. Leslie says

    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!

    • Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

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

  3. Jim Graves says

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

    • Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

      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. AllieMakes says

    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. Kate M says

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

  6. dianne says

    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. Brianna S says

    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. Hilary says

    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.

    • JDB says

      Just priced these on Gardener’s Supply website – these she is giving instructions for are larger, and the ones at GS do not appear to come with soil, fertilizer, etc, and are twice the cost of what this blogger is suggesting would cost.

  9. Piroska says

    Who knew that an unimpressive-looking water cooler bottle could double up as a classy self-watering planter? Check out this interesting tutorial .


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