In the past my mother has tried everything to keep her tomato plants watered as much as they need to be. Her backyard is boiling hot in the summer months and it's been a struggle to keep them happy over the years. Until now, where she made her own self watering containers that keep the heat down and the tomatoes happy. Details after the jump...
She acquired 5 gallon buckets with lids from the local hardware store and then cut 3 holes in each lid. Two for plants to come out of and one to hold a watering spout. 1/3 of the way up on the outside of the bucket, she also drilled a small hole to act as an overflow release and a few small holes in the lid to hold a tomato cage later on in the growing cycle.
A length of plastic pipe was cut, that was just long enough to reach the bottom of the bucket and still stick out the top. Small holes were drilled in the very end to help more water leech into the soil. Dirt was then added, just shy of the top of the bucket.
The young plants were planted in the soil, a heat and bug barrier was placed over the top of them and then the lid was snapped into place. They have been kept cool, watered and healthy with their new growing rigs! The best part is the system will last for years and will produce plenty of tasty tomatoes that have been able to grow to their fullest potential!
(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)