Maintenance Resources

Jun 20, 2015

Self Watering Pot – an easy opton for Balcony Garden

Self Watering Pot – an easy option for balcony garden. I was surfing on net for few times to get a ready made one and surprised. It is available from Rs. 500 to 4700!!! I was looking for a cost effective options and diged for DYI sites. Ohh. It’s too easy to make and budget ?
1. Two old paint bucket @ 75 each = 150/-
 2. Piece of pipe = 20/-
3. Effort = moderate
Other Tools : Drilling machine, 22 mm hole saw cutter , 5 mm drill bit and a piece of 2 ½ ‘’ pipe which will act as wick (length should be up to bottom of the container when it will seat on collar. Basics of self watering Pot : It’s a pot with it’s own water container. Water comes up by following simple physics law which you know as capillary action. See if you need some more details General arrangement will be as per the bellow
Steps : A. Making of Wick
1. Make few holes on the pipe by hole saw cutter
2. Fix a protective net inside so that soil should sit in wick
Now Wick is ready .  

Steps :B. Water Container (the bottom one which is a little bigger than the soil pot.  Just to make a drain hole at the junction point of two buckets. It will overflow the excess water

Steps :C.  Main Pot :
1.Make one 2 ½ ‘’ hole in center to accommodate the pipe- the WICK.
2. A ½ ‘’ hole at side the run a thru pipe to container which will be used to fill water at container (see up most pic or the bottom most - the black color pipe. 
Step D: Fill the pot with soil and plant the tree you like. put sufficient water in water reservour AND IT'S DONE.........Wait for the beautiful result