|Self-watering planter box|
How to make self-watering planter box from recycled materials in 5 minutes? It is so simple, get a styrofoam box and a piece of pipe. We use a broccoli or salmon boxes, 50mm PVC pipe and a wooden skewer.
Step by step manual:
|Guts of the box|
- Cut the lid to fit in the box by sharp knife.
- Make three holes for pipes in the center line of the lid. Make sure holes are slightly smaller than PVC pipe so the lid does not slide. Use a smaller diameter pipe or the end of a silicone tube, which works well for 50mm PVC pipe, to cut holes.
- Cut a corner of the lid to fit a watering-in pipe.
- Punch randomly holes in the lid by a screw driver.
- Cut three or four pipes (legs) about 10 cm long by a hand saw, the watering-in pipe length to fit box height about 30cm.
- Screw pipes into holes so they hold firm in the lid. Alternatively create support legs from styrofoam off-cuts, so the lid does not slide down under weight of soil.
- Place lid with pipes down into the box so it creates a raised floor. Add watering-in pipe into a corner.
- Make a float. Use a styrofoam off-cut and shape it into circle of smaller diameter then pipe. Stick a wooden skewer in it. Slide it into watering-in pipe and cut the top of the skewer at the same level as the watering-in pipe.
- Make a overflow hole into a side of the box at the same level as the raised floor. It's handy to have watering pipe and overflow hole on the same side of box.
Photos step by step to make self-watering box
|Self-watering Planter Box schematic|
|Ready to plant box|
This is the cheapest (using recycled materials for free), the most effective (10 litres water stored) and insulated (styrofoam is a great insulation) Self-watering Planter box we know of. We have been using these boxes for a year and successfully growing organic and healthy vegetable such as: capsicums, chillies, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, leeks, onions, garlic, strawberries, beans, lettuce and other leafy vegies and herbs etc.
If we can make it for free you can make it for free.
We also run free hands-on workshops: Make your own self-watering planter box.
For more details see http://spurtopia.blogspot.com.au/p/events-workshops.html
|Lash veggie during hot summer days|
|Vegies thrive in self watering planter boxes on a concrete yard|