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How to build a self-watering container for your vegetable gardening.

In this DIY project, I will show you how to build a self-watering container for your vegetable gardening.

There are many benefits to container gardening and this project takes it one step further. An internal reservoir allows the soil to naturally wick up water to the roots of the plant. Top gardening tips will tell you to never let your plants get too dry. with this system this is not a problem. This reservoir, combined with a weed shield, really reduces the maintenance needs of your outdoor growing.

Planting a vegetable garden is rewarding when to get to eat the fruits of your labor, however, some planing can be tricky. Growing tomatoes and peppers can be a challenge but a self-watering planter such as the one I build here will make it a breeze. At the end of this video I will also show you how to plant and grow tomatoes in this system. One of my favourite aspects of this self-watering container gardening is that it is well suited for Off-grid project, as their is no need for power.

This is an inexpensive project and you may have most of the materials you need on-site. Here is a list if you are going to start from scratch.


Drill and drill bits

Hose cutter

7/8th hole saw



Zip ties

Clear hose with ½ inch internal diameter

½ inch rubber grommet

½ inch 90 degree pressure fit irrigation connector

3, 5, or 7 gallon bucket and lid (in this case I used a 7 gallon bucket)

4 inch net pot (You can find these anywhere they sell pond supplies or from a hydroponics supply store)


Black garbage bag



Peat moss



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Comment by Gabriela on July 27, 2012 at 12:03pm

Great video- thanks for sharing. We are growing indoor cherry tomatoes which are coming along really slow. Hopefully we can take up this project next weekend.

Comment by Robert Brennan on July 27, 2012 at 12:39pm

Thanks For the comment Gabriela. Let me know how it goes


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