Quick and Easy Self-watering Garden Planters





Introduction: Quick and Easy Self-watering Garden Planters

Quick and easy self watering garden planters. Cheap, reuseable, recycleable. All you need are: milk jug(s) (1 or 2 quart), scissors, planting foam (used for live flower arrangements), and potting soil.

Step 1: Clean a 1 Quart or 1/2 Gal Milk Jug, Cut It in Half. Be Sure You're Below the Handle.

Step 2: Name This Instructable

Press the top of the jug into the "floral foam" about 1/2 to 3/4". Bend the top half of the jug to one side until the floral foam breaks - this will make a small "plug" in the bottom so the soil doesn't pour out.

Step 3: Name This Instructable

Inside the jug you'll see a ridge. This will keep the jug top above the bottom of the base, and allow water in and out. Invert the jug top with the foam inside and push into place.

Step 4:

Add soil, seeds water to about 1/3 full and grow! Juice jugs work too, as do water bottles (Dasani, Evian, etc), as long as there's a ridge in the bottom. They're reuseable, recycleable and free. Another benefit is that since they're flexible and their conical in shape, a little squeeze and they slide right out.



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    The overflow works beautifully.And if you use the method where you decoupage the whole[ the two parts together } you have to have the hole - [ a little below the level of the inverted bottle top so that it does not touch the water.]To refill, place the bottle in a bowl of water until water starts flowing out of the little hole.This way you don't have to pull out [can't !!!] and check - if the container feels light just place it in water. Also ,decoupaging prevents light getting in - apart from of course camouflaging the bottle and making it look like a real store bought container.

    Have pics but don't know how to send it- not very computer savvy !!!! HELP

    That sounds great! Love the idea of decoupage, the bare bottles look awful, despite their ability to work. Do an instructable on it! I'd love to see pics, too! email a couple if you can to aperkins[at]gmail.com, and thanks for sharing with the community!

    The pictures at last!!

    The zebra striped ones are two litre bottles cut down to size.

    The other two are of one of the decoupaged ones I made .

    The zebra fabric one is made of tetra pack juice carton.


    Thank you for the comment.Glad you like them

    The tetra pack one was made by sticking two packs together and decoupaging it with fabric- can do it with paper too,but it has to be waterproofed with mod podge.

    Pictures of hanging two litre bottles were sent to 'soda bottle garden' instructable.This one is extremely easy.The bottles one on top of the other were decoupaged with paper napkins and waterproofed.

    Thank you Aperkins and Botronics for great ideas.

    Wow - excellent! Great work! A Tetra Pack Juice carton? You ARE resourceful! I expecially like the one with the ladies - the philodendron seems to like it too!

    Thank you .Have sent a picture and instructions to Instructables via your easy upload page. Don't know if it went through. If it hasn't ,will try again.Have to learn how to transfer the pic. from my desk top to email to you!!!!

    Doesn't seem to have worked. Hope you can find the time to put it up on instructables - it sounds like a great project! Keep me posted!!

    Wonderful idea! I needed to modify it slightly, I had trouble getting the plug of floral foam to stay in so I opted to use a coffee filter under the soil. Then the weight of the soil made top funnel section fall into the base so I hooked the two pieces together on two sides using a small hole and bread ties. I'm sure this is clear as mud!! I then put a strip of cotton t-shirt tied to the top of tie and dropping under the coffee filter into the water reservoir as a wick.

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    Hello, everybody!

    I just wrote an instructable about self-watering (mainly for indoor plants, but will work for some outdoor setups): really self-regulating, and no powering needs.

    It is here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Self-regulating-watering-system

    Hope someone find it useful.

    Best wishes,

    How do you add water? Dump it right on the dirt, or did you put a hole in the handle, to add water to the bottom part?