On Monday, I wrote about how to DIY self-watering planters. Wednesday, I remembered that, after making several of the planters last year, we tweaked the plans a bit from the Root Simple method. Their method was to use two pots (or buckets in their case) nested, instead of a saucer. We liked the saucer better because it was way cheaper and two nesting pots looked a little funny. Like this:
Here is the ready made self-watering planter that we purchased from IKEA. The price was good, but the style doesn’t fit in so well on our deck, and they don’t hold as much water or wick the water up as well as the home made planters.
(The strawberry bush that didn’t give me a single strawberry last year is back and blooming! Total surprise. Now I just have to harvest them before the birds do. Unlike my sad attempt at a blueberry bush last year.)
Here is a better looking one that we did, our little herb garden in an urn:
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So there are lots of options. All of them pretty simple and very inexpensive. And they give even the most horrendous plant killer like me a fighting chance.
I need to go get the finishing touches on the Mother’s Day gifts done and get them in the mail, already. Ack, hopefully the mothers will still get them in time.