Sub-Irrigated Planter Project

11 05 2012

Last Week the students at Green Life Academy built self watering planters using old 2 liter bottles.  These sub-irrigation (aka “self-watering”) planters are better than any pot you can buy…and they’re free.  A mix of cilantro, basil, chilies, chery tomatoes and mustard were planted.  The system works by constantly wicking water up a piece of fabric and into the soil.  This is also an excellent way to keep your plants watered during the hot hot Guanacaste dry season.

Within 2 days, the first spouts appeared. We can’t wait to see how well these tasty plants grow! Check out the gallery below to see the project.

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4 responses

12 05 2012
Mike Poynton

Looks like it was a fun project! Kudos! Be sure to send home some basil with Laila! Time for some bruschetta!

12 05 2012
ryan mccaughan

You are the man Thad. Consider this idea stolen.

12 08 2012
AIM Research and Green Life Students Team Up on Garden Project « Green Life Academy – Private School – Playas Del Coco

[…] planting in the garden.  The students started the plants from seed in their recycled sub irrigated planters.  With a large amount of basil, tomato, chili and cilantro plants, the group began […]

2 11 2014
AIM Research and Green Life Students Team Up on Garden Project

[…] planting in the garden.  The students started the plants from seed in their recycled sub irrigated planters.  With a large amount of basil, tomato, chili and cilantro plants, the group began […]

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