How to Tell When a Self Watering Container is Full

Posted on Jun 15 2009 - 10:00am by Mike Lieberman

We’ve been through how to build a self watering container, talked about what kind of potting soil to use and how to make it. Now I am going to tell (and show) you how to water them and how to tell it’s filled:

  • On my fire escape garden, I use a funnel and an empty juice bottle.
  • In my Brooklyn garden, I use a hose.
  • Fill with water (not Kool-Aid) through the pipe.
  • Once the reservoir is filled, it will start to come out of the overflow hole that was drilled into the side.
    • Urban Gardens

      Great advice! Never seen explained so well. Stay tuned for my upcoming Think Outside the Planter Box Photo contest…submit your fave container garden photo for chance to win a Lechuza self-watering pot.

    • Mike Lieberman

      Sweet. Thanks for the heads up.