DIY Wicking Bed – Self Watering Container Gardening…

DIY Wicking Bed – Self Watering Container Gardening...

There are two main reasons to use wicking beds instead of just watering the ground like most people do – first, watering from the top allows water/moisture to evaporate up into the air (a lot more than you’d think) but wicking beds don’t allow the water to evaporate – the roots suck up most of it before it gets to the very top/surface of the dirt.  This saves water (good for the environment and your wallet if you pay for your water).

Second, you don’t have to water as much. If it’s done correctly you only have to water a wicking bed once a week or so. It basically water’s itself during the week. That’s much better then watering every day.

This is more important when you have many of them, or if you have very large garden beds. Watering enough is crucial, especially during the summer or when a plant is very young or newly transplanted. This helps you worry less about getting out there and watering every day. Here’s how to build a self watering container garden…



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Perfect system

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Andrew Coleman

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the only problem is that the plastic degrades in sun. it isn’t going to last more than a couple of years, it will get brittle and crack

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Ellen Kallus Hayman

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Lisa Armstrong

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Cost about $40 he said, then paint it too? That’s alot of money for one plant container.

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