Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Made Easy

I share with you what I feel has to be the easiest, least expensive, most productive, expandable bucket gardening system. By following this system you can start with a single plant and expand your garden to unlimited number of plants that always get just the right amount of water through this self-watering system. You simply “plant it and pick it”. RESOURCES: – 3 Inch Net Pot: www.amazon.com – Mini Float Valve: www.amazon.com – 1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drip Watering Hose: www.homedepot.com – 5/8 in. Neoprene Grommet: www.homedepot.com – 1/2 in. FNPT x 3/4 in. FHT PVC Swivel: www.homedepot.com – Reflectix 25-ft x 16-in Radiant Barrier: www.lowes.com – Rainwater Collection System: www.youtube.com – Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Growing Organic: www.youtube.com – Back To Eden Gardening System: www.youtube.com

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    24 Responses to “Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Made Easy”

    1. GUERRILLAGEEK Says:

      You are one awsome prepper!!!! Nothing but top? notch info, really glad you take the time to share..

    2. Zavatari Says:

      Great video and links.? Very practical approach.

    3. krasman04 Says:

      Do you recommend using net cups over the? wicking method?

    4. hurdman007 Says:

      WOW!? Great video. Will try this.

    5. LDSPrepper Says:

      Using net cups? is for the wicking system. Instead of using a sock to wick we use the potting mix which is inside the net cup which wicks the water.

    6. krasman04 Says:

      Sorry that is what I meant. Do you recommend the net cup over the sock.? I have my self watering system ready to go and will be planting this weekend. Thanks.

    7. Mark King Says:

      Hey, I did a test bucket garden this past spring using? the socks for the wicking method. I bought net cups right after it was done because the socks totally disintegrated. Net cups aren’t very expensive and will save tons of aggravation. Bought mine off of ebay.

    8. krasman04 Says:

      Thanks for the advice? Mark

    9. okman4ever Says:

      great video, glad I found it from the links for your older systems.
      if you do not want to connect a hose adapter in the float bucket, can you simply use a grommet with the same 1/2 hose? connected to a large container filled with water?
      also, are all the hose connectors drilled at the? same height of 1 1/4″ from the bottom of the buckets? if there are variations in the height would that cause any problems with the water flow?

    10. okman4ever Says:

      also, if you are growing from the sides (like your other? ultimate bucket), and you mulch the top, do you keep the container closed on the top with a lid or is it best to leave it open so the soil can breath?

    11. possums1010 Says:

      Good ideas!One suggestion I’d like to add about the free buckets – I once got a few from a fast food place, as they go thru alot of them for the pickles. You do not want to use pickle buckets if you can avoid? it – I could never get rid of the rancid vinegar/spices/onion etc. smell. Really nasty.

    12. LDSPrepper Says:

      Great questions. Thanks for asking. Yes, you can use 1/2″ hose and connect it to another? container as long as you have a way to connect it to the float. All 1/2″ hose holes are drilled at 1-1/4″ from the bottom. Even if they are off a little it won’t make much difference since they are below the water level. That is the main reason I switched from 1/4″ tubing to 1/2″ hose. The tubing was above the water level and could cause a problem if the siphon is broken.

    13. LDSPrepper Says:

      I would not put a? lid on the top, just mulch.

    14. okman4ever Says:

      you said that it was not necessary to drill overflow holes on the containers in the series after the first initial planted container, but do you think it would be beneficial to drill the holes to get some aeration to the bottom of the soil since the stacked containers might? not allow as much air flow?

    15. f1bernet Says:

      I find my self searching for so much information on various topics, but leading back to my way of life, and I seem to always find my way back to you. Your detailed videos, nake life easier, and that my goal. So videos on line, show? a process, but no include, the hole, pipe, tube and other sizes.
      Thank you for you videos.

    16. LDSPrepper Says:

      Thank you. I’m glad these are helpful. Best of? luck in your preps.

    17. Brian Voge Says:

      I love the bucket gardening idea, however when I put the hose between the buckets through the grommets, they all leak … a slow (sometimes fast) drip drip drip … I don’t see where you had any problems with this, but? with three buckets that were drilled like you said … they all are leaking … I’m planning on using silicon to seal the grommets … what do you think I should do?

    18. LDSPrepper Says:

      Did you? buy the hose and grommets at home depot? Not all 1/2″ hoses are 1/2″ and not all 5/8″ grommets are 5/8″. If you guy the grommets at Grainger make sure you buy the item number 3MPR5.

    19. Brian Voge Says:

      I ordered the grommets, and 1/2″ hoses from Amazon? following your recommendations … I plan on using silicon around the grommets to seal them … I think this will work by pulling back the rubber slightly and squeezing some silicon around them and letting them dry before putting water back into the system … what say you on this idea?

    20. LDSPrepper Says:

      I just came from a friends house. He used 1/2″? CPVC pipe and 5/8″ grommets. It leaked a little too so he used what he called fish aquarium sealant. The buckets don’t leak any more.

    21. dhk227 Says:

      Great Video
      But may? take a while to level buckets on wood chips in the garden
      Would be great for eggplants
      I’m going to try and compare to Larry’s

    22. LDSPrepper Says:

      Awesome. I like Larry’s? system too. It’ll be great to see them side by side.

    23. liquidxskin19 Says:

      This is really cool I’m going to try this with your other idea for lettuce and? strawberries. Thanks so much LDSPrepper

    24. LDSPrepper Says:

      It will work? great. Enjoy!

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