Jun
21
2013

DIY Self-watering Container

I love gardening but since I had Ethan, I’ve not been able to do that much. As Ethan grows older, I thought I can start gardening again but our schedule became so tight that we don’t even have time to care for our plants and eventually they all dried up and die :(

A couple of months ago I saw a post on self watering container on Facebook. I glanced through it and never thought much about it again until one evening when a student of mine cancelled her class at the very last minute that left me FREE for at least an hour.

Ethan and I started to rummage through our recycle bin and found some empty mineral water bottles. We began making our self-watering pot based on what I remembered as I can’t find that post anymore on FB coz I don’t remember who posted it last time :(
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Empty mineral water bottle.

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Cut into two.

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Put strips of cloths through it and add soil.

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Add water and place in a shady area.

We put a chili seed and five days later we saw this:

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A cute little chili plant sprouting from our self-watering container. We did not water this pot at all from that very first day.

It has been two months since we made that self-watering pot and we’ve only changed the water twice. Notice I said changed? That is because the water did not dry up and only became a little lesser. We changed it to get rid of moss in the water.

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Two months and this is how my little chili plant looks like in the self-watering pot. The leaves are wet because the pot is placed strategically where it is shady enough yet is exposed to the morning dew. It’s either that or it rained last night yet I did not noticed it! >_<

Anyway, since this system is working, Ethan and I will definitely start planting more as it is really hassle free gardening! :D

Now I just hope that no pests will come and destroy our crop!

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    Hmmm…great idea. Will have to give it a try.

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    Merryn Reply:

    What else do you think we shud try growing? :)

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    why ar. need to put the stripe of cloth.

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    Merryn Reply:

    I think the cloth is to absorb water into the soil? I don’t know.. lol!

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    Good idea. I think the cloth will pull the water into the soil. But you still have to remember to top up water in the container when it runs dry due to evaporation and so on…

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    Merryn Reply:

    It has been two months yet the water did not totally dry up. I guess because the water is in a closed area, it did not evaporate too quickly :)

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    Oh thanks for sharing this. Good tip and it also stop children to keep watering and kill the plant haha.

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    Merryn Reply:

    Oh yes!! Talk about drowning a plant! I used to do that when I was younger, watering them each time I feel thirsty! LoL!

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    It’s works..the only set back is that the mineral water bottle is not as nice to look at as a flower pot..

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    Merryn Reply:

    Paint the bottles so they’ll look prettier ^_^

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    confirm u got green fingers!
    my plants really like to play tricks on me :(

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    Merryn Reply:

    Maybe you can try this way? Place at your balcony.

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    lol but if u still have to changed the water… why not just use the changing water time to water the plant? lol

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    Merryn Reply:

    Son, I only changed the water twice in two months. If I water the plant only twice in two months in normal pots, guarantee die wan the plant …

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    we have to block the mouth of the bottle by cloths 1st before putting in soil, right?

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