Magazine article Sunset

Carefree Containers: This DIY Pot Will Keep Your Plants Watered While You're Away

Magazine article Sunset

Carefree Containers: This DIY Pot Will Keep Your Plants Watered While You're Away

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1 Start with a thin-walled, nonporous pot (at least 12 inches wide and 16 inches high) that has no drainage hole but will be easy to drill into--like the plastic ones shown here (Skord planter, from $30; ikea.com). Drill a 4/1-inch-wide hole into its side, about 4 inches up from the bottom.

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2 Take a smaller plastic pot--roughly 6 by 6 inches--and drill 1/4-inch-wide holes, a few inches apart, into the sides and bottom. Fill with potting soil, then center in the bottom of the large container. (If your large pot is wide, like the one shown above right, use two small pots.)

3 Cut a disc of sturdy plastic (we used the lid of an old storage bin) to fit securely inside the large pot when sitting on top of the soil-filled one. Drill V4-inch holes, an inch apart, in the disc. Cut a 1-inch-wide hole near the disc's edge, then place the disc on the pot, inside the large container. …

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