Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers

container_gardening.jpgSelf-watering container gardens are an efficient method of growing. You can go on vacation and not have to worry that your tomatoes will be wilted when you get back. Ed Smith, the author of Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers, became fascinated with the possibilities of self-watering containers and began testing dozens of vegetables in various containers, experimenting with nutrients, soil mixtures, plant varieties, and container positioning.


Now Smith is here to tell gardeners that anyone can grow and enjoy wonderful organic vegetables, using pots with continuous-flow watering systems.

Smith shares advice on choosing appropriate containers, how to provide balanced nutrition using his secret soil formula, and what additional tools benefit the container gardener. The reader will also find advice on starting from seed versus buying plants, which vegetables thrive in containers and which might be a bit more challenging, along with space-saving tips on pairing plants in single containers.

Available from: Amazon for $13.57.

Comments

  1. says

    I have a self watering system for my planters for my flowers. I have not found that is works great. I think it depends on how deep the roots are.

  2. says

    I have very bad experiences with the self-watering system. It doesn’t work very well because of these reasons that I found out:
    1) Some organic debris from the potting media can fall into the water reservoir and will decay. It is not a very good smell. It can cause phytophthora root rot and other root diseases. The best way to insure that this will not happen is to cut geofabric and use it as liner between potting media and water reservoir, that way, any organic contaminant will not fall into the water. The roots can go through the geofabric and they are self-pruned. Another way is to aerate the water reservoir. Simply buy an aquarium pump and bubble away at the water reservoir of the self-watering pot, so that it will not give off a lot of decaying odor and get rid of most problems of rotting debris that are in contact with the water.

    2) another major problem of self-watering pots is the salt accumulation. You should from time to time, flush the pot, otherwise salt will accumulate from the water that you use, especially if your city is supplying well water that are rich in mineral salts.

    They will work if these advises are heeded, otherwise, it would be a huge disappointment.

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