Strong & Self-Watering Wooden Planter Box (How to Grow Crops)

Strong & Self-Watering Wooden Planter Box (How to Grow Crops)

This is Part 3 of 3 of my Self-Watering Raised Planter Box series. In this final episode, I show you how to upgrade the raised wooden planter box we built from Part 1 and 2 into a fully functioning sub-irrigated planter (SIP) system or wicking bed.

In the entire series, I show you how to build a raised planter box for vegetables; an urban vegetable gardening for beginners. A DIY raised planter box with legs has many benefits: be more comfortable gardening standing straight instead of your back bent; protect your plants from ground-based animals; portability; and more control over soil and water when converted into a sub-irrigated planter.

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  1. Shavya McIntyer on July 20, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    I love your videos! They are sped up enough to not be too long but also slowed down enough to see what you are doing clearly! I have watched about 20 videos on sip systems and yours is the only ones that explained each step and why that left my confused in other videos. And explained it clearly and at a pace I could follow along and not have to replay certain parts. Thank you so much!!!

  2. DONALD DUKE on July 20, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Great video. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Duffy Suhaimi on July 20, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Hey, thanks mate, i build 3 planterbox using your video, 2 raised and 1 grounded

  4. Trainer Sebastian on July 20, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    For those who want a proper education, this is the right Chanel for you. Great stuff.

  5. M. stille on July 20, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Do I really need gravel, May I used regular potting soil?

  6. igbatious on July 20, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    That duct tape will not hold up in the wet soil indefinitely, use duct clamps

  7. Annalize Nicholls on July 20, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Best video on a sip system!!! Thanks a million ❤️

  8. Rahul Chandra on July 20, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    You the man HanDIYman

  9. azndoodle1 on July 20, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    How do you know when you need to top up with tater again?

  10. Autumn Sky on July 20, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you so much! It taught me a lot for my projects!

  11. sgt sol on July 20, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks for this video, I am going to give this a try from start to finish. Do you have to use a 2" PVC or can it be smaller? Did you use PVC primer and cemet as well? Lastly, what is the drill bit size that you used for the holes in the PVC?

  12. Shane Brown on July 20, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    How useful could I make this box with the water even though it is getting cold outside especially during the winter months

  13. Anne In Korea on July 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Starting to notice Koreans use this kind of box esp inside our apartment complex. 😂 can’t wait to have one too. I super like that self watering function.👏👏

  14. ramon jr. intong on July 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Just adding an important note:test the gravel for PH first before putting them in. Those gravel might have limestone which affects the PH which then affects the growth of the plants. Quick way to test is using vinegar.

  15. FunnyAF on July 21, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Very good system, the only thing I don’t understand is.. why not cap the end instead of using the mesh? When you water, wouldn’t most of the water be dumped out on the end of the opening with the mesh instead of going through the bottom holes?

  16. J T on July 21, 2022 at 12:02 am

    I’m going to make a big one for flowers. Its swampy any hot here and everything is clay. Slightly modify to create drainage for me maybe.

  17. Asif siddique on July 21, 2022 at 12:03 am

    good idea

  18. Rajni Agrawal on July 21, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Very nice

  19. Jess Cab Channel on July 21, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Thank you Sir👍👍👍👍👍

  20. Introversion Therapy on July 21, 2022 at 12:11 am

    This is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Vivian Pham on July 21, 2022 at 12:14 am

    You are so smart , Thank You So Much , Love it

  22. SAHM Reseller on July 21, 2022 at 12:14 am

    You did a great job! I’m definitely considering one of these now!

  23. Malcolm Hall on July 21, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Congratulations on the production of this great video. You are very precise with clear instructions and explanations. So I subscribed to be sure to follow you with other projects. I am building a raised planter now and interested in installing the self watering system. However I have a question you probably cannot answer but perhaps one of your other viewers can provide some suggestions. I live in Canada so I have no problem with this system in the summer. However in the winter I am afraid the excess water in the box will freeze and expand. That could break or disconnect the PVC pipe and or push out the sides of the box due to the expanding pressure. I am thinking of putting in an extra external tap to the PVC pipe that can be opened to fully drain the pipe before freeze up. Any other comments or advice?

  24. mell P on July 21, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Where did you get your gravel from

  25. catherine rose ordonez on July 21, 2022 at 12:16 am

    r u selling it im interested

  26. Karolyn Dudley on July 21, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing

  27. Swamp Rats Offroad on July 21, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Any follow up on how this bed lasted and worked?

  28. Damian Seals on July 21, 2022 at 12:20 am

    I’m really curious, why did you guys put gravel in the bottom instead of soil throughout? I don’t understand

  29. Ren on July 21, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Hi – thanks for these videos! so how do you know when it’s time to add water again? what about rain? that adds to the water level but then that’s what the drainage hole is for – which i assume only drains when the level of the water reaches a certain height – correct?

  30. YouPlantTube on July 21, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Interesting video I like how you managed to build the raised planter box without any fancy tools.

    Thanks for showing that it’s possible.

  31. Cravens Boughner on July 21, 2022 at 12:24 am

    It’s good to see Stodoys have new instructions to save my money and energy to build it.

  32. 00Clive00 on July 21, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Quick Question, Would it not be better to have the overflow pipe, that is coming out the side of the planter, drilled a few centimetres higher on only the box, this should make it flood the pipes higher before draining out and would supply more water into the soil and not just the gravel?
    Thank you for your video.

  33. HanDIYman 007 on July 21, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Did you miss Part 1 where we built this raised planter from scratch? Watch it here 👉
    How about Part 2 where we weather-proofed everything? Watch it here 👉

  34. Mami Yashi Discoveries on July 21, 2022 at 12:26 am

    I need this ❤️❤️❤️

  35. Trevor Thompson on July 21, 2022 at 12:26 am

    I will be building one of these for my deck

  36. Kęstutis Šliauderis on July 21, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Hello Handyman, first of all great series. thank you for sharing. I’m building a SIP according to your video. I have few questions if you’d be so kind to answer. I build 2 meters (6 foot) by 60 centimeters (24 inch) and 50 centimeters (20 inch) deep. I plan to use 16 centimeters (6.2 inch) pvc pipe so It could hold more water, is it ok? another thing is regarding the gravel. What are your recommendations on what kind of gravel to use? smaller stones? bigger stones? or maybe bigger stones on the bottom, smaller as I go up? What would work best for the system, to feed the water upward. Thank you.

  37. Paulius Chockevicius on July 21, 2022 at 12:27 am

    how long have you not watered the planter?

  38. Malcolm Mercer on July 21, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Would smaller diameter pvc pipe work?

  39. Alan Budd on July 21, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Thank you so much for these excellent videos. They are a gift! I just built a 3’0" x 3/4′ solid wood indoor planter box (see and want it to be self-watering because I am frequently away from home several days at a time. I plan to skip the mesh because the walls are solid; use less PVC to distribute water evenly; and use smaller diameter PVC. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the PVC and anything else that comes to mind. Again, thank you for sharing your work!

  40. Mr Jumper on July 21, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Amazing video.. very well explained, and demonstrated.. I was having troubles before this video trying to lay the waterproof plastic so it was even and flush inside all surfaces inside the box. Your video explained it so well.. I look forward to watching your other videos now when I have time.. thank you so much

  41. Domonique Williams on July 21, 2022 at 12:29 am

    This is AWESOME! You just saved me a lot of money because other vids were saying I needed an all wood bottom. This system is brilliant. Can’t wait to try. 😁

  42. Jordan on July 21, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Great video! Very well made. Think I am going to build one myself. Thank you for the time and effort and sharing

  43. Jamibubbles TV on July 21, 2022 at 12:31 am

    considered subcribing sayo kasi alam ko dami ko matutunan sa mga videos mo. thank you for sharing your tips. will watch your other videos na mga d.i.y. na dapat matutunan kahit mga babae kami

  44. Jeanne Carey on July 21, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Quick question for you. If using the SIP system, should you still cut the slits in the liner for drainage that you did in the second video? Seems like you would not. Thank you!!!

  45. Terri Speer on July 21, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Great videos! I’ve been wanting to build some like these. I’ll refer to your videos.Thanks!

  46. A on July 21, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Awesome build! Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

    John 3:16-19
    Romans 10:8-13

  47. Maggie Murray on July 21, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Excellent video thank you 🇨🇦

  48. Michael Sharpen on July 21, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Where do I find the measurements for the bed?

  49. Shane Brown on July 21, 2022 at 12:41 am

    How useful could this even though it is getting cold

  50. Vivian Pham on July 21, 2022 at 12:42 am

    I will do like your way, really like it… How long you fill up water again …

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