Homemade Self-watering Container Problems

garnergardenMay 4, 2012

I recently made a self watering container from a 5 gallon bucket. It had a small resevior for water under the soil with an opening at the top where you can add water. I used Styrofoam cups perforated and cut, then place together as well as bricks to create the resevoir. There is an overflow hole, but since the soil is all around the resevoir(for the wicking) I doubt it will serve much purpose.

I put a squash plant in there and it is almost completely dead after just a few days.... I thought these self watering containers were the 2nd best thing for plants other than being in the ground. Am I wrong? Or is it just not a good idea for squash plants? The leaves have white spots all over them and the flowers have fallen off :(. It is obviously in a miserable state. Should I just plant the others in regular buckets after all?

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dirtguy50 SW MO z6a(6a)

Self watering containers are a great system if made correctly. It doesn't sound like that is what you made. Can you post a picture and give more information,such as type of growing mix, water intake, and how the water retention was constructed. I am real confused about that. You should get some help here is you follow through with your original post. Good luck.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 10:24AM
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Also squashes (and cukes) are very hard to transplant. Most gardeners grow directly from seed or will only transplant if just the first set of true leaves have opened, but not after.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 4:42PM
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