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Self-Watering vs. DIY Planters: The Right Solution for Urban Gardens

ByJessie Sanner

May 30, 2016
self watering planter

Though the perks of living in the 21st century are many, from the simplified way of communication (even long distance related), shopping from around the world in just a few clicks and paying your bills without leaving home, there are also some considerable disadvantages – gardening being one of them.


People have always relied on nature to survive, finding the right plants for a diet full of nutrients, plants for treating aches and pains as well as for making ointments and remedies to treat burns, certain skin problems and illnesses. Of course, this also turned into some people’s chance to bring income home by farming. Even when not used to earn money, farming was used to grow a family’s own produce. Nowadays, unless you live on the countryside or are among the lucky ones to have a vast yard with the space enough for a garden, you will consider it mission impossible to include gardening among your activities. Regardless whether you have a patio, a balcony or none, you can always use just about any space to create your very own urban garden. You can even create a tiny garden in small spaces as well as turn the interior of your home into a space to grow herbs and plants.


Luckily, inventors have taken modern life into consideration, and the garden of today is not restrained to the confinements of outdoor areas. The fast growing popularity of self-watering planters and pots can be explained through their convenience. The world of this type of planters is vast so you will easily find self-watering white planters for sale to match your gardening needs and modern décor. What makes these planters the perfect solution for urban gardeners is their built-in reservoir, which stores water for further use, thus, takes care of the watering process for you. You will be reminded of when there is a need for a fill up through the level indicator. Not only are they functional, they are decorative as well. Their elegant minimal design can blend well in your interior or it can decorate your patio and balcony bringing the ambiance on it to a superior level. The materials they are made of make them resilient to weather conditions so you can rest assured you can use them both indoors and outdoors.

Another alternative for urban gardeners, along with white planters for sale, are DIY planters. This is your ideal option to show your creativity and make this a fun experience. You can use just about anything you have at home as your planter base – from tin cans and bottles to even old floppy disks and candlesticks – the possibilities are endless. For more sturdy and durable models you can use wooden and concrete blocks as well as bricks and paint them over in vibrant colours. You can create them in all shapes and sizes though these will demand a frequent watering which can turn into quite the chore.

Whatever you choose, you can make the most of your gardening experience and grow your own organic vegetables by making your compost and avoid using synthetic fertilisers. Freshly made salad grown in your kitchen surely sounds delicious. Yum.

By Jessie Sanner

Always weighing things, the life of a Libra isn’t easy and that’s something Jessie is well acquainted with as a Libra herself. The confusion with having to choose between things is what helps her write for the blog, in the hope of making it easier for readers who are indecisive themselves. Interested in contrasts, like period dramas and sci-fi, casual and classy outfits, fries and detox shakes, the life of this young lady is anything but boring. Or is it?