One of the BIG drawbacks of container gardening is the need for constant watering. Until now! A new idea from the US helps solve the watering problem simply and without complicated technology.
The self-watering containers have a water reservoir in the bottom with drainage holes about 50-75mm (2-3inches) up the side. Gravel is used to fill the bottom up to the level of the holes. Compost is added on top. It took about 15-20 minutes to make and fill each container.
Step by step instructions (Click on any image to enlarge)
That’s it! All you need to do is periodically add water until in runs out of the holes.
If you grow bigger plants don’t forget to feed them regularly, especially tomatoes which will also need more regular watering. Lettuce are not hungry so may not need any food, other than what is in the compost. See how they go, if the leaves look pale and insipid them feed a little and see what happens. If your lettuce have very dark green leaves then you may be over feeding.
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