Self-Watering Container Gardens

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Self watering container gardens are excellent systems for people who have some secured land and some time to monitor the system. It is not labor intensive, but it does require some time and patience.

The system we built in Dodowa, Ghana uses a 125 gallon drum as a water tank. The water flows down two PVC pipes that are held in place with wood planks mounted on cement blocks. The pipes and hold 25 containers that will grow tomatoes, cucumbers and garlic. Almost anything can be used to hold the pipes in place, such as packed mud, but it is important that the pipes be level.

We used bamboo poles to frame the structure and mosquito netting and gardening cloth to shade the plants. It is important to shade the plants so they receive some sunlight but not

the full impact of the sun or the plants will burn.