Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Step-By-Step

This is video #2 in my Off-grid self-watering container gardening system. This video shows you step-by step how to make the self watering part of this system. It really straight forward and easy enough for me to figure out and build. With this system you truly can grow a garden pretty much anywhere in the world.

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    25 Responses to “Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Step-By-Step”

    1. LDSPrepper Says:

      Portability is a great feature of this system. Please let? us know how it goes for you.

    2. dhk227 Says:

      i just ordered 5 ma252 float valves (for friends too) but wife is concerned about? 5 gal buckets all over the yard

    3. LDSPrepper Says:

      LOL. I can appreciate her concern. Let her? know she can decorate them any way she would like. Actually they will look better and last longer if you pray them with plastic spray paint.

    4. dhk227 Says:

      Could you show a video on how the 5 gal buckets? look in your yard?

    5. dhk227 Says:

      Ok? thanks

    6. LDSPrepper Says:

      I am as the video series grows. Make sure you have? seen all three videos so far. There will be at least five in the series. You can find them all in my playlist.

    7. emsprute Says:

      Would you mind it of a not-for-profit based a design for a drip system off of your design here? It would be? used in an attempt to use a large vertical garden as a means by which to try and feed 50 people in a sustainable manner.

    8. LDSPrepper Says:

      Thank you for asking. Yes, absolutely. I take no propriety on anything I? share here. The more people use it the happier I am.

    9. tukkeeprepper Says:

      This is/has been? a very, very well produced and informative series of videos!
      GOD Bless

    10. tukkeeprepper Says:

      You? might be able to save a few dollars even further on this set up by using the plastic irrigation drip coupling components, rather than brass. Use a good quality water/bath caulking product to seal.

    11. LDSPrepper Says:

      Absolutely true. However, with my history of leaky caulked fittings I? decided to go this route. More expensive but zero leaks.

    12. fossiesmommy2009 Says:

      What size drill bit did you use to drill the holes in the bucket with? the float valve?
      Then what size drill bit did you use for the irrigation hose holes? thx

    13. LDSPrepper Says:

      3/4″ and 1/4″ however you may need to use a different size? bit for the float.

    14. fossiesmommy2009 Says:

      Thanks so much. I love this idea. I am going to teach this to? my girl scouts as well. I also will be setting it up using my 55gal rain barrel. Hopefully here in Florida with our great rainfall, only thing I will need to watch for is bugs. 🙂 ps. All your instructions are wonderful and well planned out. I also just bought two 275 gallon totes like your other video. However I realized the bottoms are plastic so I won’t be stacking them. A neighbor asked me if I would be worried about asbestos?

    15. fossiesmommy2009 Says:

      Thanks? so much. I love this idea. I am going to teach this to my girl scouts as well. I also will be setting it up using my 55gal rain barrel. Hopefully here in Florida with our great rainfall, only thing I will need to watch for is bugs. 🙂 ps. All your instructions are wonderful. I also just bought two 275 gallon totes like your other video. However I realized the bottoms are plastic so I won’t be stacking them. A neighbor asked me if I would be worried about asbestos?

    16. LDSPrepper Says:

      The 275 gallon totes are made to withstand the load of stacking them four high. So I would not worry about any problems if it has a plastic framed bottom. I have thought about getting the young girls on my street with their mothers together and building these systems so they can enjoy seeing a garden grow, with very little effort,? and enjoy the fruits of their labors too.

    17. hunterl211 Says:

      I have done everything in the video in setting up the buckets. I tested in my garage with the reservoir, control bucket and one reservoir bucket for the plant. Everything was perfect. Yesterday I set up 8 buckets in line and overnight lost 5 gallons of water. The last reservoir in line is continuing to draw water. I have taken 4 buckets off and the result is the same. The water is draining out of the last bucket. It will not stop pulling water. The site is level and I am? at a loss. Any ideas?

    18. LDSPrepper Says:

      Sounds like you are off to a good start but with a bump in the road. I picture is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a million. If you can’t video it? I would recommend putting the last bucket at least 3″ higher than the rest and see if that stops the problem. I really can’t say what is causing it. You might also put your last bucket where your water reservoir is and your water reservoir where you last bucket is. Please keep me updated. I’m here to help.

    19. hunterl211 Says:

      Thanks for the suggestions. I do not know how to post a pic here for you. I made some adjustments before your response and added all 8 buckets back in line. Now it is the 2nd to last bucket that is leaking out of the over-flow hole. It is not nearly as bad as it was? before but still weird that the 2nd to last is the problem. I will try raising it and keep you posted. The last bucket in line is the ultimate with spinach. Thanks again.

    20. mannavore Says:

      Fantastic system; One issue I noticed is that your self-watering system will keep the water levels? at a fixed height all the time. Plants will do much better if the buckets alternate between water wicking up and air oxygenating the soil. I found a valve called ‘AquaValve’ that does that and could replace the float-valve. I’m working on a cheap DIY solution that you could put in every bucket so you can use this on a hilly property as well. I’ll post it if I get it working. Thanks.

    21. LDSPrepper Says:

      That would be awesome. Thank? you.

    22. bbrooks0630 Says:

      Great videos and fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing and posting the info. We are putting our system together right now. I just tested the float bucket and downline buckets with everything working great. I used nuts on the tubing and it keeps the line down bu off the bottom? perfectly. My only question is if you could fill the bottom of the growing bucket with some gravel reducing the amount of soil needed? I know that it would require raising the sock up through the gravel to the soil level.

    23. LDSPrepper Says:

      Thanks for giving this a try. I would think you could use gravel in the bottom. Another option would be to use a 3 gallon bucket as the plant? container. It would fit inside of the 5 gallon bucket easily.

    24. MrPatentGuy Says:

      Thanks for the great idea! Just to note, the MA2S2 float valve you list is 1/4″ NPT; however, your system is designed for the MA052 ? 1/2″ MIPT (as shown in the video). The 1/4″ NPT can be used, but you won’t have a brass fitting to attach to the float valve outlet. I used the MA2S2 with the compression fitting it shipped with and it worked fine. With this change, I was able to return one of the A-19 brass fittings. Anyway, everything is working great. I’m ready for planting weather!

    25. LDSPrepper Says:

      Awesome suggestion. Thank you? for sharing.

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