EASY DIY Automatic Watering System For Flower Garden Or Lawn

Setting up the Earthbox

Setting up the EarthBox is simple and straightforward.  Once you’ve fitted the castors (two of which have a useful lock, which will stop the EarthBox rolling away if it’s on a slope!) you slot the aeration screen into the bottom of the trough, this will provide a separate water reservoir for the watering system. The fill tube then plugs into the aeration screen, when the fill tube is fitted, it protrudes just above the top of the EarthBox rim, as you can see in the photograph below, it’s designed like this so that it’s easy to fill up the water reservoir.

The EarthBox filled with Dalefoot peat-free compos
The EarthBox filled with Dalefoot peat-free compost.

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EarthBox vs City Pickers Cost

EarthBox planters are a little more expensive than a City Pickers grow box, but they do come with more accessories included as part of the growing system.

Every Earthbox Growing System comes with fertilizer and dolomite lime, which are items that you’ll need to purchase separately if you go with a City Pickers Grow Box

City Picker self-watering planter boxes are generally a more budget-friendly option. They usually cost less than comparable EarthBox models, but they don’t come with fertilizer or mulch covers.

Rain Delay Feature

A nifty feature of this timer is the Rain Delay option. With the timer set to AUTO, you can press the + button to delay scheduled watering for 24, 48, or 72 hours. This is really handy when the forecast calls for rain.

Admittedly, in Southeast Texas, this is not a huge issue in the summertime. We are usually praying for rain. Still, having this feature will be great in the spring and fall. Of course, if you have clay soil as I do, make sure that your garden or flower bed has sufficient draining.

Step By Step Instructions

1. Drill small holes in the bottom of the 14 gallon tote for drainage, and then cut a wider hole in one of the corners, in which you will stick the PVC feeder pipe.

2. Cut a hole the same size in diameter as the Chinese soup container, in the center of the 14 gallon tote.

3. Drill holes in your soup container too, and place it in the 14 gallon center hole.

4. Sit the smaller 14 gallon tote on top of the larger 18 gallon tote. You will also need to drill a small overflow hole on one side of the tote.

5. Cut the bottom end of the PVC pipe at an angle,this will allow the water to flow easier through it.

All that is left for you to do, is fill the larger tote with soil, plant your seeds and water via the PVC feeder pipe. These earthboxes have been used to grow everything from 20 lbs of tomatoes, peas, potatoes, zucchinis and more.

It is recommended that you cover the top with a black plastic trash bag to slow down the evaporation rate. Make a few slashes on the top of the trash bag, to allow the plants to grow through.

Watch the video below on how to build your own earth box

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