Self-Watering Garden Bed

I ran across this article on treehugger a couple weeks ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s rare to come across an idea that so completely blows my mind that it leaves me reeling from the implications days later. This is one such idea. And so, I felt compelled to share it.

Not only does this raised flower bed only have to be watered once every two to four weeks, it can be assembled almost completely out of salvaged material. Even using all-new, store-bought material, the cost is minimal and the construction time is short.

This is definitely a meme that deserves to propagate through the masses.

Although it’s starting to get late in the planting season, I hope to build one or two of these to test their functionality over the coming year. A friend has agreed to give me some space on his land to build one.

I plan to grow spinach with it. Even though the summer heat will cause the plants to bolt shortly after sprouting, I can collect the spinach seeds to grow as sprouts for sandwiches and salads in the winter. I think it will make an excellent test crop.

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One Response to “Self-Watering Garden Bed”
  1. Lee says:

    If you’re in the pacific northwest, shouldn’t be too much need for a self watering garden bed. I have been through various container and gardening systems, and by far the best has been the Square Foot gardening method. Simply follow Mel’s mix of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost blend to create the soil which you fill the raised bed with. The mix will retain moisture, while the raised beds allow for drainage. The loose friable soil allows great root development and all my plants grow extremely well. I built my raised beds 12 inches deep and four foot square, out of recycled materials including pallets.
    Maintenance is minimal, and you can simply top dress the beds with compost which you create yourself between plantings. Other than that there is really nothing to do.

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