How to Make a Self-Watering Pot For Your Container Garden

Self-watering pots will keep your plants healthy without too  much maintenance. Here’s how to make your own – easily and cheaply!

Self-watering containers are great for indoor gardeners as well as urban gardeners with little outdoor garden space. They can keep your plants at the optimal moisture level, so you don’t have to worry about over-watering or under-watering, and they can even help you make sure your plants stay healthy while you’re on vacation!

With all the great benefits of self-watering pots, you might think they would be costly, but in fact, they can be made very cheaply, and will last you a good long time.

Check out this article for instructions on how to make your own self-watering container for your indoor or container garden:


  • Drill
  • 1/4″ bit
  • 3 1/2″ hole saw for metal and wood
  • 1 1/4″ hole saw for metal and wood


  • 2 food grade 5 gallon containers – 1 for planting container and 1 for reservoir container
  • 1/2 deli container for wicking basket

Instructions On How to Make With 2 Containers and No Pipe

  • Use the 1/4″ drill bit to drill holes in the deli container.

  • Attach the 3 1/2″ hole saw attachment to the drill. Drill a hole in the bottom of the container. I’ve found drilling in a counter-clockwise direction to work best.

  • ……………………………………………

Find complete instructions as well as a video tutorial at the Urban Organic Gardener….


Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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