I am so proud to be able to tell you all first, that I finished my first design and plan of a self-watering veggie table! Since I was inspired by the EB's that I grew in all last season thanks to you all, I wanted to let you all know about my project. For easy reading, I made it into an instructable. You can find more photos, directions, etc here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Veggie-Table/
Yes, the girl in the photos is me, and yes, it's the same username on that site as well. I will keep you all updated on the progress of this table, and if it goes well, I will be building more for myself!
Please let me know if anything is confusing, or misleading in any way, and I'll be happy to fix it.
Thanks for all the inspiration and being able to share my gardening worries, questions, and successes with all of you over the past year.
That's pretty cool Kristen. Job well done! (off the top of my head) Looks perfect for strawberries, lettuce, herbs and bush beans. What you gonna try first in it?
If it goes well, you could try a version 2 and have a large tote(36 gallon) underneath that collects and pumps water upwards to a drip system. The only worry I have is...after a year's worth of weather that it might start to sag in the middle. Easily fixed though if it starts to happen.
Thanks so much! Unfortunately I do not have a DG membership and I cannot post in that forum. Would you mind posting it for me? I specifically liked this design because I have a very dear friend with severe back issues, and I'm building one for her soon so that she can plant veggies and harvest without bending over. Had to build the trial one for myself first, to make sure the design in my head was sound :)
Thanks cathy and kindlekat and gymgirl.
All my stuff is in containers(pots). But if i do more i like your design.
That would be a great project for boy or girlscouts to do for a nursing home for elderly people.
I would suggest that you add some bracing to your legs, maybe about 12" up from the bottom. You could also put in a shelf.
If you try to move your garden after you have it full of soil, water and plants, it can get pretty heavy. I am afraid that the legs will be very wobbly. If you hit something with one of the casters, you might snap a leg off.
I would put larger casters on the legs so you can move the garden around for the best sun exposure.
This planter could be used by those folks who live in area where people tend to borrow things, You could make the tubs point the other way and the whole thing could be moved indoors at night.