toys tools, Gardeners Supply, has their main offices here and an outlet store as well. Many times I have looked at the catalog for things then run over to the outlet store for deeply reduced prices on product. One item I picked up for a song was this large self watering planter, sans self water kit, for a steal. Being somewhat resourceful, , I knew I could remedy the situation..
I needed a support system to create a separate space for a water reservoir that would easily fit the width of the pot. Looking around the house I saw that the plant carriers from our local greenhouses would be perfect and something I had plenty of.
The plant carrier wasn’t long enough to span the entire length of the planter, I would need two carriers to get the job done and add strength to the support. One end of the carrier was cut off to make them fit snuggly together.
Once you have the end of the plant carrier modified you can place on carrier over the other so that the carrier can span the planter. Luckily the edges of the plant carrier holds the system at a good height and there are supports in the middle of the planter to hold up the system. If I hadn’t had this support system to hold up the carriers I would have used a few upturned smaller plant pots to hold up the system.
My next concern was keeping soil from filling the water reservoir but allowing roots to get through. Wet newspaper would be the perfect answer to this dilemma. A few layers of wet newsprint was all I needed to contain the soil above the reservoir.
Once the paper is in place you need a way to get water into the reservoir, I used a simple plastic hose approximately the size of a water hose, which I found at a hardware store. To secure the hose to the edge of the planter a gardening clip, which can be made by shaping a wire coat hanger unto a U shape.
Once the whole system is in place then I poked a drainage hole just over the level of the system to release any water overage so as to not drown the plants.