Automate Your Vegetable Garden With These Self-Watering Planters

We've shown you how to make self-watering planter boxes with plastic storage containers. If you want something a little more permanent for your backyard, The Family Handyman has a great design for a self-watering planter.

This build is fairly complex, but the resulting planters are attractive enough to show off in your garden, and can keep plants hydrated for weeks at a time without adding water. The design utilises porous plastic drainage tubes wrapped in fabric to soak the soil and let your herbs and vegetables sip water as needed. If you're interested in building one of your own, be sure to check out the guide on The Family Handyman.

Build Your Own Self-Watering Planter [The Family Handyman]


    Polypipe with holes in it is typically used behind retaining walls, to prevent water building up. This simply reverses the process - put some big pipes in a sealed box, and let the water leech out as required.
    Depending on the slope of your land, you could even feed your planter boxes with the runoff from the retaining wall. Best to implement this during wall construction, rather than after the fact.

    The polypipe that I'm familiar with for wall drainage has two series of holes drilled in uniform/parallel lines that are close to each other, separated by about 1" between the 'lines' of the holes. The holes face down with the separation between them straight down. This produces a shallow gutter for the water to flow inside the pipe. My question to orientate the row of holes in this application???

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