Introduction: How to Build a Self-watering Planter.

In this DIY project, I will show you how to build a self-watering container for your summer planting. There are many benefits to container gardening and this project takes it one step further. An internal reservoir allows the soil to naturally wick up water to the roots of the plant. This reservoir, combined with a weed shield, really reduces the maintenance needs of your container garden.

This is an inexpensive project and you may have most of the materials you need on-site. Here is a list if you are going to start from scratch.


Drill and drill bits

Hose cutter

7/8th hole saw



Zip ties

Clear hose with ½ inch internal diameter

½ inch rubber grommet

½ inch 90 degree pressure fit irrigation connector

3, 5, or 7 gallon bucket and lid (in this case I used a 7 gallon bucket)

4 inch net pot (You can find these anywhere they sell pond supplies or from a hydroponics supply store)


Black garbage bag



Peat moss



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