Self-Watering Veggie Table

Washington, DC(Zone 7a)

Dear DG members,

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:

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.


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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

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.

Carmel, IN(Zone 5b)

WOW!!! That is to read the instructions.

Great job, Kindlekat. Please keep us posted on how your plantings do here.

Washington, DC(Zone 7a)

Ray - Great idea! I've planted lettuce, swiss chard, broccoli raab, kohl rabi, and pac choi this first go round in it.

mom2goldens - Thanks!! I will definitely be updating this thread on the progress of the table.

St. Louis County, MO(Zone 5a)

I LOVE that they are up off the ground, they could be made the perfect height for us sitting gardeners.

SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)


You go, girl!

Please cross-Post the instructions over on the "Accessible Gardening" thread for our brothers and sisters who are differently abled! I know they will appreciate this design!

And, do send the design to Gessieviolet. Ya'll can talk about his eBucket website!



Washington, DC(Zone 7a)


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 :)

Also, it might be handy to post the inspiration project, the original Salad Table, found here
as it's admittedly slightly cheaper and potentially easier to build.

An eBucket website you intriguing!

Update: Planted seeds Monday and this morning I had sprouts for Kohl rabi, broccoli raab, and pac choi already up. yippee!!

This message was edited Apr 28, 2011 3:24 PM

St. Louis County, MO(Zone 5a)

Earlier today I had posted the link over to Accessible since they are "buds" of mine.

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

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.


Longview, WA(Zone 8b)

Hi Kindlecat,
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.

Washington, DC(Zone 7a)


System is working great!

See for yourself

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Washington, DC(Zone 7a)

And another. From left to right:
Broccoli raab, swissh chard (giant and rainbow) and red and green leaf lettuces

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Oceanside, CA(Zone 10a)

Wow! Everything looks great. Time for a big salad.

Chichester, United Kingdom

Hi Everybody,

Here is another design I found. It has comfortable working height (32") and allows many different wheelchair sizes. This design also collects/stores rainwater and self-irrigates.

From the website I can see it has 240ltrs of soil and 1m2 gardening area.

I have attached some photos of the wheelchair garden for you all to see.

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SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

Absolutely outstanding! Thanks for posting this important find!

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

Could you please provide a link to the wheelchair garden site.


Shawville, QC, QC

That was quite innovative!

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