Welcome to my 'ible!! Over the winter, I aquired a couple of wine boxes from a local wine shop with plans on turning them into decorative planters for my deck. While browsing around Instructables for raised bed garden box ideas (another project in itself...), I saw a couple instructables that integrated wicking type systems and thought that here in the high desert, that sounded like a great idea. Well the raised bed garden boxes aren't coming along like I planned. Since the planting season is well upon us, I decided to use the wine boxes as mini raised bed planters for my patio. I also decided to incorporate a wicking/self-watering system into them. I am just starting with lettuce and strawberries to see how well the system overall works for the long haul over the summer. I figure this will be a good trial for the wicking system for when I finally DO get around to doing full size 4x4 planting beds.
Step 1: Supplies
First step was a trip to the local hardware store for the supplies. I purchased enough supplies for 3 boxes as you can see in the photo. The below list is what I gathered. The more you can dig out of your garage the cheaper it will be. Most of the supplies were purchased and cost less than $20 to fit and fill all 3 boxes.
- A couple feet of 3/4" PVC pipe (lenght will vary based on the height of YOUR boxes of course)
- 3 3/4" PVC caps (not absolutley necessary, but helps keep dirt out when filling)
- 3 3/4" PVC couplers. I used ones with a smaller threaded male end and a smooth 3/4" female end.
- 1 Roll of Duct Tape
- 1 Roll of 2 mil plastic sheeting
- Silver marker
- Scissors & Box knife
- Measuring tape
- 1 10ft length of perforated irrigation pipe 3" dia.
- 1 bag of organic garden soil