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Self-Watering Containers

Melissa is the assignment editor and contributing writer for SheKnows Home and Living. While other little girls were playing dress up with Barbie, Melissa was busy remodeling Barbie's house. She now lives out her dream covering design an...

Use self-watering containers to make your garden life easier!

If you're a bit of a "black thumb" or have a vast collection of container gardens that take forever to water, self-watering containers can be your very best friend in the garden. One of the biggest issues with container gardens is soil drying out, but if the container waters itself---you won't have that problem!


If you're a bit of a "black thumb" or have a vast collection of container gardens that take forever to water, self-watering containers can be your very best friend in the garden. One of the biggest issues with container gardens is soil drying out, but if the container waters itself---you won't have that problem!

Self-watering containers work by transferring water from a reservoir container to a second container where the soil and plant are located. In most models, the water reservoir is located below the main planting container, and the water is drawn up using pipes or a wicking system to continually water the soil. The size difference between a container you need to water daily and a self-watering one is minimal, so they are ideal for indoor gardens or other small spaces.

The self-watering container isn't entirely maintenance-free---you do need to occasionally add more water to the reservoir---but when the reservoir is filled, it will effectively water the plant on its own for days or weeks, depending on the depth of the reservoir.

How to make your own self-watering container:

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