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A few years back a friend coined a term for my apartment balcony full of dead plants: the mortaretum. Why? I’m really and truly bad about remembering to water houseplants. So when I saw this project over on Instructables, I couldn’t help but share.

It’s a simple concept: Water wicks up from gap between two stacked storage containers via a few bits of string keeping the soil moist. You need only top off the gap every so often. Hell, even I can probably manage that.

Best of all, you only need a couple of Ikea storage containers (or if you’re not an Ikeaite, any containers that leave a suitable gap when stacked), some string, and a Swiss Army knife.

Self-Watering Mini-Garden [Instructables]

 

4 Responses to Project: DIY Self-Watering Planter

  1. Davo says:

    Those stackable Rubbermaid & Ikea storage bins can also be used to make simple ebb&flow hydroponic systems, just add an aquarium pump.

  2. argosytech says:

    Cool Idea, but I kind of like this one better: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/02/how_to_make_plants_talk_t.html

    🙂

  3. James says:

    What a cool idea.
    Thank you for posting this.

  4. Davo says:

    Make & Instructables rule!

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