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How to make a self-watering plant pot


 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:48 pm    Post subject: How to make a self-watering plant pot Reply with quote

I thought this was a niffty idea: how to build a home-made self-watering plant pot

http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-watering-recycled-plant-pot-for-growing-herbs/

I've built a few (from Lidl 1.5 lt fizzy water bottles) and they've been pretty successful. The capacity is small so they're really only good for germinating and for shallow-rooted plants (I'm trying rocket in one at the moment)

The Instructables website has some ideas for larger-scale versions of the same idea, which could be a great idea for container veggies. I might give those a go next year.

Of course, all this watering is a bit unnecessary given the current weather! I've spent more time recently tipping excess water out of the resevoir of my self-watering pots than topping them up!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Re: How to make a self-watering plant pot Reply with quote

coolaboola wrote:


Of course, all this watering is a bit unnecessary given the current weather! I've spent more time recently tipping excess water out of the resevoir of my self-watering pots than topping them up!


Nice one, thanks for that. Is it outdoors you have these coolaboola? I might try growing some winter salad veg indoors on window sill with a few of these. Any pics of yours or how your plants in them coped with the Irish summer Laughing sun.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have them outdoors but you could use them both indoors and outdoors. I have no pics yet but will take some soon and upload them. It will be interesting to see how the newly planted seeds fare (with all this sun!)
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