Ideas on Container Gardening

Posted on Apr 13 2009 - 5:57pm by Mike Lieberman

For the past few days I’ve been lamenting in my stupidity of building a window garden in a spot that gets no sun. Smart move on my part. Good job.

But things done changed. I was trolling around on this here internet for what I can possibly grow or do. I came across the idea of self watering planters. Most importantly this video:


The basic concept of self watering containers is that the water is on the bottom of the container and the soil above. There is a separator between the two and a small basket that allows the plant to get the water. So ultimately, the plants are “drinking” the water when they are thirsty, which is what occurs naturally. So the plants drink when thirsty and get fed, instead of us forcing water on to them. Not much of the water even makes it to the roots.

Looks pretty simple. Looks environmentally friendly because most of the materials are reused plastics or garbage. Looks cheap. As Freedom Williams would say, “Thing that make you go hmmm.”

Need to look into this further…

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lili Pow March 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm -

    I have a condo in a very cold climate. Container gardening on my west facing deck is my only gardening option. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Mike Lieberman March 31, 2011 at 9:51 pm -

    Suggestions for what? What to grow in? how to grow? What to grow?

  3. Shirl_inAustin April 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm -

    I am in Central Austin, Texas and live in a condo with three small balconies and a larger terrace. I have citrus trees that have survived a hot summer and a freezing winter. Now I want to experiment with container vegetable garden in the terrace which has full sun from noon to sundown. Any suggestions?

  4. Shirl_inAustin April 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm -

    by that I mean which veg’s would you recommend?

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