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Making Sub-irrigated Planters

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Certain plants thrive if watered from the bottom. This is most easily done using a sub-irrigated planter. This is a guide about making sub-irrigated planters.


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By 6 found this helpful
January 2, 2013

This is my original concept. It is perfect for growing smaller garden plants like lettuce, etc. I hope you like it.




  1. Remove Clorox Wipes label and thoroughly wash container.

  2. Poke or melt several holes into top rim for container aeration.

  3. Clean Dannon Yogurt container and drill or melt 2 x 1/4 inch holes into base.

  4. Cut polyester shoe lace to 11 inches in length.

  5. Pull lace through holes in yogurt container so that both ends hang down.

  6. Poke or melt several holes into yogurt container for root aeration.

  7. Fill yogurt container with slightly moistened potting mix.

  8. Add 3 cups of water to wipes container.

  9. Place yogurt container into wipes container.

I am currently growing spinach, mustard, arugula and 2 types of lettuce. It's working great. I water very infrequently. I recycled 18 containers thus far!


By Al Gracian III from Pittsburgh, PA

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January 6, 20130 found this helpful

Great idea but there seems to be aluminum foil in the back round is that for a reason?

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January 7, 20130 found this helpful

Thanks for your feedback! All of my lighting is artificial. I use the aluminum foil to reflect the side lighting back towards the plants to minimize loss of light. It is cheap & highly reflective.

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January 8, 20130 found this helpful

I think this is wonderful!

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