DIY Beginner’s Planter

self draining planter

If you’re new to growing plants, this easy DIY project will definitely help you get started!

A few years ago, I got really excited about growing plants like herbs, vegetables, etc. Stuff I could use in the kitchen. But, I learned very quickly that I’m bad at it because I didn’t know how much water my plants needed.

I followed the advice of friends and started with a mint plant. “You can’t kill mint” they said. Well, I killed 3 of them before I figured out how to properly water them. If I had known about this draining option, I would’ve been enjoying herbs in my food and drinks much faster!

All you need is a plastic bottle so this is great opportunity to upcycle! When you’re finished with your orange juice or soda, hang onto the bottle and use it for your very own beginning planter! Follow the steps below to make your own.

self-draining planter supplies

Self-watering planter supplies

  • scissors
  • hammer
  • potting soil
  • screwdriver or nail
  • use plastic container

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upcycle plastic orange juice container

Step 1: cut off the top of your container

Cut off the top 1/3 of your container. Make sure the part the tapers inward is all on the top. You can see how it will be used in the image below.

homemade self-draining planter

Step 2: create the self-draining container

Flip the top section of the container upside down and place it in the bottom section.

Now, fill it with soil.

self watering planter

Step 3: plant your seeds

Stick a finger into the soil to create a space for your seeds or plant.

Now you can place the seed inside and cover it up. If you’re planting more than one, make sure you check how far apart and how deep they should be planted. Full disclosure, I’m kind of bad at that part.

I’m planting garlic from bulbs, not seeds, and I know that they need to be planted about a thumb-size deep and need to be about 4″ apart. After I took this picture, I decided to move one of the bulbs because I didn’t think they would be both get enough nutrients.

self watering planter

When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like this.

Now you can water your plant. The water will fall into the bottom of the container and you won’t have to worry about overwatering your plant. But pay close attention to how much water your plant needs. Once you have a good idea of how much to use, you can transfer your plant to another pot and plant something new in this one.

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave them in the comments.

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