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Can you provide/where can I find instructions and preferred materials for building a self watering planter?

I attended the container gardening presentation at the flower show and would like to grow vegetables in containers on my deck this summer. As it is a very sunny area, I would like to build self watering containers so I don't have to water every day. I've purchased session containers that are 12" high and 20 " across and looked at DIY self watering container information on the internet, but would like to be certain that I am selection the right materials for functionality and longevity, particularly to create and hold up the petition between the water and the soil and to hold and fill the wicking basket.
Last Updated: May 12, 2015  |  23 Views

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Karen, here are some sites with recommendations, step-by-step instructions and tutorials, and suggested materials to build your own self-watering planter. 

http://www.familyhandyman.com/landscaping/planters/build-your-own-self-watering-planter/view-all

http://theselfsufficientliving.com/self-watering-pots-containers/

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-self-watering-container/

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/5-self-watering-planters-easy-vegetable-gardening.html

For some more ideas and images, try this search on Pinterest. You may be able to trace these pins/images back to the original posts that may also contain instructions and materials' lists. 

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/self-watering/

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