Hello fellow Growmies! Wanted to take a minute and share some information on gots to make a self watering bucket. For those of you that are/were wondering about them, they are super easy to do. So total cost of 1 bucket $42.12+tax whatever that may be where you are. Here’s a list of materials used:
2, 5gal food safe buckets from LOWES $15.96
2, 5” net pots $1.54 (I got these at a grow store)
1, 1”x24” PVC SCH40 pipe (fill pipe) Lowes $3.37
65 cu. ft. Coco+Perlite (grow store) $21.25
1, 12” zip tie.
1, old t-shirt or, weed barrier, anything that will wick up water and keep the roots from going thru your drain holes.
Process was simple.
Cut 1, 5” net pot in half.
Cut a hole in bucket 1, just big enough for the WHOLE net pot to fit in so that it catches on the lip of the net cup.
In the same bucket drill drain holes.
In the same bucket cut a 1” hole to fit your PVC pipe
Cut the PVC pipe at a 45 degree angle at one end.
On bucket 2, drill a drain hole about 1/2” below the height of your net cup.
Place your cut nut pot in bucket 2, one on each side.
Place bucket 1 in bucket 2.
Place your whole net pot into bucket 1. Should fit nice and tight.
Cut t-shirt/? to fit bucket one, (remember before you cut, push the material down into the net pot, leaving enough to cover the drain holes. ALSO, cut a SMALL hole for your PVC fill pipe.
Drill 2 holes, one on each side of the fill pipe to attach the zip tie and holds the fill pipe in place.
And ur done!!
Fill with dirt.
Add your plant when ready.
If anyone has questions, hit me up.
Enjoy the build!