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Top 5 Ways to Save Water when Container Gardening

September 6, 2019

Alright! This is John Kohler with
We have another exciting episode for you. What I’m going to do today for you guys is
the top five ways to save water in your container garden. I always encourage you guys to grow
in raised beds and that’s what I do in the majority of my plates here to grow food because
the larger volume of soil, the more forgiving the soil is, the more it’s connected with
the earth, the better it’s going to be in my opinion. Of course, growing in containers is an option
for some so you don’t have a space where you could have raised beds or grow in; connected
to the earth to the ground. Then you’re going to grow in containers. I still grow in some
containers in my greenhouses and I have some on the patio, over the walkway where I really
couldn’t grow anything. Containers are always going to be in our lives. There’s a big movement
in container gardening for people that live in apartments, or condos or whatever, even
if you just have potted plants around. This is the video you’re going to want to
watch to share my five top tips to save water. Without further ado so let’s get into that.
First, I want to talk about why is water conservation so important in this day and age. Groundwater,
or clean drinking water, not salt water, is getting more scarce and scarce. They’re pumping
oil out of the ground at alarming rates and we’re at peak oil, if you know what that is. We’re at also peak water in my opinion. They’re
pumping water out of the ground so fast, we’re using it so fast in agriculture and putting
it in bottles and shipping it around that we’re losing water that has taken thousands
of years to accumulate in the earth in its pure and unrefined state. In places like California,
in places like Texas, southern states and the desert states, they’ve been in a drought
and they’ve been on water conversation so that’s why I’m making this video for you guys. I want you guys to really pay attention to
the water you use. Try to use only as much as you need and don’t overuse it. One of the
things I’ve been noticing is that I’ve been wasting some water. I don’t want to say that
I feel guilty about it but I do feel guilty. Plus the water that I buy is not rain catchment
water. I do catch some rain water but the majority of what I use is filtered city water.
I pay for that and when it’s washing down, not into my plants, when it’s washing down
out of my pots onto the ground to just evaporate, it’s not doing anybody any good except maybe
increasing the moisture level here in the desert [laughs]. That’s why I’m making this video for you guys
so let’s get right into it I guess without further ado. The first way to save water if
you’re growing in containers is to get smart. Well some containers are smarter than others,
but get smart containers or containers that hold their own water. Here I have some fine
examples, right here. I think it’s the aqueous and oasis or vice versa, I’ll put a link down
below in the video. These are commercial grade planters. The soil
only goes down to this half and the bottom half is all water so lately it’s been raining
a lot and actually these guys have been filling up too much. I’ve been having to drain out
the water with a hose and then I’ll water my other plants with it because the water
level is getting too high. There are outlet holes to let some of the excess water drain
out if it does get too high but I think that was plugged so I had to start draining some
water out of it. So that’s really smart. These are industrial sized units and they
cost a pretty penny; I think over $150 each. You might not want to get those, but what
I will show you are some less expensive ones that store their own water. One of the best
ones is right here, and this is called the Aqua Camel. There’s no label on it, but this
is basically what this is in a smaller, home-owner format. See on the bottom it says Aqua Camel
if you guys could read that. Basically what this is just a pot within a pot. There’s an
outer pot here and then there’s in inner pot and it’s hollow in the middle because in this
middle part is a space for filling up the water. You take out this little plug here which…wow
it has a spider in it I don’t know how that got in here…you fill up the water here and
it fills up this reservoir between the two walls which fills with so this could keep
for several weeks without watering. There’s a small hole in the bottom that the water
will percolate through as the soil and the plant roots pull it up. That’s really cool.
Now, this is a hands-off system that stores the most water. This way you’re never going
to over water because you’re only going to fill this up. The plant’s going to take
up as much water as it needs. The Aqua Camel; number one tip to save water.
If you thought this was good, this might water your plants too much because all it is, is
hole in the bottom of the pot. The container will just seep up the water at a specified
rate. Not super intelligent. They do have water saving by the brand Parrot that I saw
that actually has a computer control to water as the moisture level is needed. Another, better technology in my opinion is
something non computer-controlled. It’s this guy. This is the NIMBUS intelligent watering
pot. This waters up to four months or more, watering per fill. So much like the Aqua Camel…let
me take this out of the packaging because I haven’t even opened this up yet. I’m just
showing it for the first time in a video…this is another pot and this has some systems in
here to get watered. Much like the Aqua Camel, this hole outside and the inside, there’s
like a fake wall and you fill that with water. This one is even more intelligent than the
Aqua Camel because inside here, we look, there’s not just a dumb hole in the bottom. There’s
a tubing that goes in here and what happens is, this setup has a spring and a ball that
senses when the soil is dry. When the soil is dry; then it waters. A problem that I have
with the self-watering pots is that it always keeps the moisture at a certain level. It’s
always a little bit moist and wet. Some plants are great with moisture and wetness all the
time and some plants are not. One of the tests I want to do this summer
is take both these pots and plant and basil in both of these at the same time and see
how long the water lasts and see which plant performs better. It’s my opinion that the
NIMBUS pot with its intelligent system, without any computers because it senses when the soils
dry and then it waters using simple physics, it has a true wet and dry cycle. It goes,
“Oh, the plant’s wet, Oh there’s not enough water let’s water it again”. It doesn’t always
rain so your soil is not always wet. It always goes through wet and dry cycles
so this more emulates nature, where as one of these pots here will just give you water
constantly. Because these enclose the water and keep it in a sealed vessel that’s going
to conserve the water because in a place where it’s really arid, like where I live, you get
a lot of water evaporation and things dry out very quickly. Especially soil in pots. These are the two best self-watering containers
I’ve found. The last self-watering container I want to show you guys is the self-watering
Plant Spa. There’s many different pots like this; I got this on clearance at Target for
$1.18 because I wanted to have it for a video like this. This guy is basically just a pot
with a saucer on the bottom. They call the saucer a watering reservoir but it’s a little
bit more than that because on the bottom here there’s a little space where the roots go
down to hit the water. Also there’s a space to get aeration because
most plants would not just like sitting with their roots wet all the time. They’ll get
root-rot and it could be pretty bad. This is really good. This hole is just a very,
little bit of water because this is open to the air, especially in an arid climate; this
will dry out relatively quickly. While this is better than a pot with holes, it’s not
as good as one of the other two that I’ve showed you. That’s tip number one, or way
number one to save water. Get a self-watering pot. The second way to save water is to capture
the water that you’re already watering your pots with. What we have here is a standard
10 inch pot with holes in the bottom. As you water this, the water will flow through on
the ground and go out wherever it goes on the ground, and when it goes on the ground
it’s being wasted. One of the ways you can slow down the water movement going through
your pot is with something like this. This is known as a drought grid. There’s a
10 inch pottery grid. What is does is slow down the water in your pot. How this works…let
me take this out…it’s like a rain gutter for your pots. What you’re going to do is
take one of these drought grids, fill up your soil half way up or so, and then you’re going
to put a drought grid right where you think the root zone is going to be. Then you’re
going to fill up the rest of the soil in there and plant your plant. What’s going to happen is that as you water,
the water’s going to come through the soil and hit this drought grid and this drought
grid is like a little reservoir. It doesn’t keep a whole lot of moisture in there but
it does keep some of the moisture as it falls through the pot. This moisture will slowly
evaporate or transpire into the soil and your plants will reach down to here and suck the
moisture out of the drought grid. They say you can save up to 50% water using
a drought grid. I haven’t tested this first but it seems like a good system to use if
you wanted to save water. This probably wouldn’t be my first choice but it is an option out
there and maybe you guys could fashion something that’s going to work like this. You don’t want to have the roots of your plant
sitting in water but I can see this will catch just enough water to keep your roots happy
for just a little bit longer so you can increase the time between watering. That’d be pretty
good. So, number two; drought grid. The third way I want to encourage you guys
to save water when watering your potted or container plants is with something known as
an Olla. We have a small Olla here; this called the Grow Olla. They come in all different
shapes and sizes. I’m going to open this up for you guys to show you what it is. Basically,
it’s just a little ceramic vase to put flowers in to give to your honey. Actually, that would
not be a good idea [laughs]. Because this is a non-glazed, and when you
have ceramic that is non-glazed it will leech water out of it. The goal of the Olla is that
you could take a pot and in put in the Olla. You’re going to bury it about this much and
fill the soil up to here. Then you’ll plant your plants next to it here and then you’re
going to fill the Olla up with water and the water will seep through the Olla a small amount
at a time. The water that goes through the Olla will
water the plants at a slow and constant rate instead of you dumping a whole lot of water
on and it falling out the bottom. I really like this technic. Probably one of the negatives
of the Olla is that they can get expensive. This one was like $17.99 at Costco and it’s
hard to find ones that are quite small for smaller potted plants. This is a 10 inch pot
and this would probably work a little bit good. If we could center this up that might
be better for this guy. Another thing I was going to do…and maybe
I’ll make a video of this soon…I was in a local Mexican market and they have some
unglazed pottery. It’s very important unglazed, that looks like it’d make a perfect Olla.
They’re actually like a dollar-fifty to three dollars so stay tuned for an upcoming episode
when I do that. Any unglazed pottery will work so when you’re out shopping for stuff
look for unglazed pottery made out of ceramic because water will leach through there and
you could use that to water your plants. One of the things I don’t like about the Grow
Olla is that they don’t have a cover, because it will get water loss through the top if
there’s not a cover on that. I’m going to fashion some kind of cover, maybe like an
old jar cover or lid or something that I’ll put over the top to prevent some of the evaporation.
Use the Ollas to conserve water so know you don’t even have to hand water. You just fill
these guys and it releases water out and I bet you’ll never see a smidgen of water come
out the bottom of your pot again. The fourth way to save water on your potted
plants; I’m going to move over here and show you guys. I don’t know if you guys can see
down over there. I’ve got the self-watering containers, here, here. I got a stack of bricks
and I’ve got a wooden container there and I got a fiberglass container that I got for
free because they were throwing it out next to my brother’s house and I picked it up.
It’s a nice large container but I really don’t like the material. As you guys can see on the ground there’s
water flowing out and when I do that I’m wasting water. That’s not good, so I’m going to show
you guys a quick and easy and least expensive way to save water in your garden when you
have a standard pot like that. To do that we’re going to have to open up this big box
and let’s see what’s inside. I’m going to let you guys know that this box I ordered
online from It comes in a nice brown which that you will not know
what the contents are until you open it up. That’s really cool. I’ve used Monster Gardens in many different
garden products that I have used in my garden when I need something. They’re a very good
company; they have good prices, they ship fast and I would highly recommend them. In
here what we’re going to find is a whole lot of paper. Brown craft paper. This could save
you some wat…just kidding. But this will actually get shredded up and thrown into my
compost. This is packed quite well so no damage will occur. If you go inside here what we’re going to
find are tons of saucers. Flyers saucers, Frisbees [laughs]. But seriously, I’ve ordered
a lot of saucers from Monster Gardens because they have the special size I need and these
are made in the USA. I always encourage you guys to buy USA made whenever possible, made
in Portland, Oregon. This is the Anderson Die & Manufacturing Company number 14 saucer.
This is going to fit my large potted plants and some of the other things I have pots for
are quite large. You could find most commonly the small one
gallon sized saucers even at dollar stores and whatnot. When you have some large plants,
that can be very challenging to find the proper dimensions of the saucers and that’s why I
looked up Monster Gardens and choose to go with them. They have all different sizes;
they have the small to the larger sizes. The larger ones like those big pots there were
really hard to find so I was able to find these nice large black saucers. I’m going to put this saucer underneath my
container so now when I water all the water gets collected in this saucer and does not
run away. That’s really cool. What will happen is the plant’s roots will probably grow through
the holes in the bottom and hit the saucer and be able to drink the water up. It’s very
important when watering your plants is to make sure the saucer is not full of water
all the time. You want to go through a natural wet and dry cycle. This is a way to save some water so you do
not overwater and it goes onto the concrete like you’re seeing there. Here’s a super jumbo
sized saucer that I got from Monster Gardens. These are hard to find; it’s the best price
I could find. Because you’re one of my viewers you get a special discount at Monster Gardens
so check that link down below it’s I hooked you guys up with a special discount
because I like Monster Gardens so much and said, “Hey, if I mention you guys, will you
guys give my people a discount”, and they said, “Yes, by all means”. They’ve got good
products, good shipping and tons of sizes. What I want to do next is put some of those
saucers on and show you guys what it looks like and then I’ll get into my final tip on
how you can save water while watering your container plants. As you guys can see it took some sheer muscle
to lift these guys up because I had just watered these guys and I lifted them up and put them
in the saucers. The saucers fit great and I’m confident that this will now save me some
water when watering these plants. I do encourage you guys to lift up your pots when they’re
dry rather than wet it’s especially heavy. I don’t want you guys hurting your backs so
be safer rather than sorry. Or just get a friend, neighbor or loved one to help you
lift these guys up to put the saucers underneath. As you guys can see I’m now inside my greenhouse
and one of the challenges I have is when I’m in the greenhouse, or when my system is watering
my plants, we’ll water the plants and all the water will leak out the bottom and I’ll
just have a pool of water on the concrete. Instead of watering the concrete I want to
retain that moisture in the plants so that the plants can benefit from the water instead
of having it run down and hit the ground. Also, this will prevent overwatering so if
you water and it goes through and the container on the bottom fills up and overflows; you’ve
over watered man. You just want to give it enough water to wet the soil, to barely fill
up the saucer in the bottom so that there’s some water that could hang out for next time.
Then you want to let it fully dry out and then water it next time. If there’s water
in the saucer that’s your indication not to water. This will also save you water because
some people don’t pick up the pots, “Oh, it’s light, it’s heavy? Oh, if it’s heavy then
it’s full of water. I don’t need to water, right?”. I want you guys to be more acutely aware of
your plants water needs and by putting saucers in them, by seeing water in the saucer, you
know there’s water in there, I’m probably pretty good. This is provided you have established
plants that the roots are going down into the bottom and or you have some soil that’s
going to help wick up the water. Anyways, I’ve got another box here from Monster Gardens
and we’re going to check out what we got here so. Saucers come in all different kinds of shapes
and sizes. Monster Gardens I’m confident has a size for your pot. Whether you’ve got a
fabric, and I definitely recommend on fabric pots you guys use saucers for sure even on
these guys. They’ve got the inexpensive plastic ones that I’m not a super-fan of. These are
cheaper to use and can definitely get you something. I’d much rather use something like
these guys. These are for my small four-inchers. These are the number six saucer, once again
Anderson Die Manufacturing, Portland, Oregon. Definitely really cool. All I’m going to do now is just take these
saucers and put them under each plant and we’ll line these all up with saucers so then
I’ll be watering my plants instead of my concrete. Monster Gardens comes through again for me.
I’ve got a lot of work to put saucers underneath all these plants. As you guys can see I’ve got saucers under
all my plants here and that’s really cool. Now we’re going to take my watering wand.
I have this turned down really low and we’re going to water each one and I’m not going
to see any water leaking out the bottom. I definitely like that a lot. I want you guys to think out of the box. Besides
just buying saucers as Monster Gardens has many different sizes, and your local landscape
supplier store and garden centre has many different size saucers. They even come at
Monster Gardens in square ones, all different sizes that are really cool for square potted
plants if you’ve got them. Remember, I square pocket always fits in a
round hole… Wait [laughs], or a round saucer. You don’t necessarily need a square one. The
square ones are actually from Italy, so that’s cool. I’d rather get it made in the U.S. You
could use many other things for saucers as well. For example, over on this side we’ve
got my small, little forage plants here in just a standard greenhouse dome tray. I’ve
been growing these guys in here for a while and they’ve been growing quite well. You could go to the thrift store and get saucers
for cups. They’re not going to hold as much water as these guys or plates or bowls. Or
old baking pans would be good but they’d probably rust and don’t get the ones that have Teflon
coating. That’s probably not too good for your plants. There’s many different options.
What I want to show you guys next is the final way to save water in your potted plants and
I’m going to head over to my other greenhouse to show you that. The fifth and final way that you can save
water is not by any hardware method. The hardware is the pots, the self-watering pots, the saucers
that catch the water. It’s by what I call the software or the heart of what is in the
container that you’re growing in; it’s the potting soil mixture. I’m mixing up my own
soil here to have really good soil to put in my pots. The blend that I make for my pots
is a little bit different than the blend that I make for my garden at large. That’s why they sell potting soil; it’s meant
for pots. If you don’t know what you’re doing in making good stuff like I am you want to
buy a good potting soil. You want to look for something that’s going to retain water
inside the potting soil as it is. Something like the Coconut Coir which I have in my mixture
is really good, it’s going to hold onto some water, or something like some Peat Moss it’s
going to hold up some moisture in there and keep it in there. You can think of the easiest example if you
have simply a pot with a bunch of sand and you put the water through there. The water
just goes through the sand and immediately drains out. The water is not being held in
any large manner inside the pot. If you had clay, you water the clay and the clay would
hold on some water and the Coconut Coir and the Peat Moss will grab onto some water like
a sponge and release it at a later time. This will increase the duration between watering. Of course in an arid climate like I live,
even with the Coconut Coir, in the middle of summer things dry up really fast and I’ve
got to water minimum once a day and sometimes even twice a day on pots in full sun. What
goes in the pot is very important. You want to make sure you have a nice balance of the
Coconut Coir or the Peat Moss to the soil mixture so that the easiest way is to just
buy a good potting soil. Monster Gardens has several that I actually use myself; a core
based potting soil. The last way also has to do with the soil
and it’s this. You want to get something like this guy. It’s called the mycorrhizal and
it’s the granular mycorrhizal. The more biology that we can get into the soil such as the
beneficial mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria will also help make your plants more resistant
to drought and they’ll be able to live on less water. The mycorrhizal and bacteria are
definitely imperative. You could buy the mycorrhizal like this and sprinkle a little bit on the
root zone if you’re transplanting into containers or put a little bit around the seed when you
plant the seed into containers. That’s going to help out and allow your plants
to conserve some water and allow your plants to grow much healthier because we’re growing
in a more biologic, organic, natural method, like I like. I really hope you guys enjoyed this episode
learning the five top ways to conserve water in your containers. If you guys enjoyed this
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all my plants. I think I’ll maybe go play Frisbee with some of the extra saucers I have.
I’m actually going to go eat some lunch now. Once again, my name is John Kohler with
We’ll see you next time and until then remember, keep on growing. Alright this is John Kohler from
We have another exciting episode for you. It’s going to be a quick style episode because
I know a lot of you guys like things quick… into the bedroom [laughs]. Anyway, I’ve got
a quick video here for you. We’re going to really quickly get into the top six…


  • Reply Something Different November 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Great video. It's hard to find large, quality, water tray of various sizes. Those monstergarden trays look nicer then ones sold in Home Depot and Lowes. Those cheap lookin Drought Grid, imo, is more of a gimmick. Those trays r so shallow, in a sunny day, that extra water would b soaked up in no time. Oya is so large, it would take up all the pot space. Besides making or buying self watering containers, I think the water tray is the only usual way to conserve water. Only thing about large self watering containers is that, make sure u don't have water sit there stagnant too long. U want to give your plants the freshest water possible, cuz that's wat your gonna eat.

  • Reply Chris Alexander November 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Another good idea for pots in direct sun you can be sure and use light color pots or wrap black pots in something like burlap. This will keep the temperature down and slow the evaporation. Also mulch is helpful to keep surface evaporation to a minimum.

  • Reply UrbanGardenFarms November 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Speaking of coconut coir (toward end of video), California Vermiculture (maker of WormGold Plus) is now offering a premium low-sodium coir!  Great product, and WAY better than any other coir I have used (and I have tried a bunch of brands). Typically I have had to continue using a peat/coir mix in my potting mix  with a small percentage of coir because of the high sodium in most coir I have used, but this stuff is GREAT. I now do a straight compost/coir mix, and am very happy with it.  Another great WormGold product!  Thanks for the vid John, I need to check out the saucers you mentioned for my Jackpots as well.

  • Reply Jon b November 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Ty John

  • Reply Patrick Asmawidjaja November 5, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Hi John, what is your thought on the rain gutter grow system from Larry Hall. This for me sounds like an efficiënt way of water retention. It's a closed system of which he has put netpods under containers with wicking material such as coconutcoir or peat. The containers are put in a straight line in raingutters, either an open or closed system. Check out his vids on yt. Thank you very much for your great video's. I am watching them for 2 years now. Cheers from the Netherlands, Patrick

  • Reply thatawayman November 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Grow Bags
    Check it out please Community

  • Reply Something Different November 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hey… I jst noticed your subscriber base is over 250K. Grats on hitting 1/4Mil.

  • Reply makaylagirl808 November 6, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Love you keep up the good work

  • Reply Shelly Scott November 6, 2015 at 3:20 am

    How about self watering for smaller clay pots? I have like 6 in to 10 inch.

  • Reply Chris November 6, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Hey John what would you do in a flood situation. California is due for an earthquake and it could cause a flood. Do you have a evacuation plan? Do you prepare for a disaster situation?

  • Reply Fox Mulder November 6, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Bear Grylls knows best how to save water.

  • Reply GrowingDownUnder November 6, 2015 at 7:06 am

    At first I thought this was greenscreen because you looked small compared to the pots but this is just an illusion caused by perspective.

  • Reply GrowingDownUnder November 6, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Have you tried a micro-waterweeper hose? they can be connected to extend the length and are flexible/easy to bend into shape around the garden beds. They are made from recycled car tires, water retention in soil also stops the need of watering as often. Mulching, coco coir in soil, water crystals, olla pots, planting at the base of slopes to catch water runoff, greywater systems to recycle water, water tanks, water catchments, self watering pots, etc..good ways of saving water.

  • Reply Ivy Mok November 6, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for all the water-saving tips. I live in CA and having been trying ways to conserve as much water as we can. Can't wait for your next episode on non-glazed olla.

  • Reply Richard Sydenham November 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Funney I have never seen drip irigasion in the forest were do the trees get there water
    may be you should try to cover your soil like in the forest in sted of wasting all this water and also washing all the nutrishen out of the soil

  • Reply Jeb Gardener November 6, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Mulching can help too!

  • Reply michael kindscherm November 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I build wick systems using plastic barrels-totes and a lot of different containers check you tube, many different designs
    they really save a lot of water too
    Some of the plants I have growing are bananas-oranges lemons – sweet potatoes coffee well It is unlimited.
    John is right about soil listen to him. Take his advice and you will be eating a lot more healthier

  • Reply Hello My Garden November 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Another great video.

  • Reply Edward Hall November 11, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    The Oya is not just unglazed, it's unfired 🙂

    so make sure if you make one or buy something that looks like a good Oya, make sure it's not fired so the clay is still porous – great project for kids to make in art class … get some kick pottery wheel and pop em out every hour

  • Reply Luke Morrison November 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

    John can you give brief summaries of what you cover in the video?

  • Reply Jim S November 14, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I use old dishes and platters under my pots that I get at thrift stores. Reuse!

  • Reply Lora LS November 15, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I have pretty ollas made out of state and even more home made ollas. Both help me water in dry climate. Home made ollas are easy and take very little time.

  • Reply ALL Gyan November 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    your videos are good but they too much long it becomes becomes boring see that you edit them and save others time too

  • Reply donna flores January 15, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I use Olla's in my garden. I live in Southern California where we have water restrictions. They work fantastic! My veggies grew very well with them. You need to remember that they zone that the water penetrates is the diameter of the Olla, so it the Olla is 12 inches, the watering zone will be 12 inches beyond the Olla. I made my own Olla's by glueing two non-glazed ceramic pots together with a non-toxic glue. It reduced my water usage by 75%

  • Reply Nora March 8, 2016 at 12:12 am

    масло масляное. 25 min about nothing…

  • Reply Spiffyguy Adventures March 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Nice options for containers with a water reservoir. I have made a few of those cheaply out of plastic 55 gallon food safe drums. Works great. I get 2 large planters from each barrel at minimal cost compared to the commercial products.

  • Reply Jose Dias April 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

    In my larger pots I, also, throw some mulch on the top. It's crazy how much more water stays in the pot and doesn't evaporate when there's a mulch layer.

  • Reply Sam Lyons August 18, 2016 at 3:41 am

    maybe a pvc pipe cap for the Growya (?)

  • Reply Yee Vita September 8, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Any stone slightly bigger than the top of the olla can be used to close off the water in the olla.

  • Reply Martha Henson November 3, 2016 at 1:01 am

    My daughter was curious as to how much your water bill is as she lives in Vegas also.

  • Reply Jordan Nicole May 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I bought some plain terracotta pots from the store and tested them to see that they do in fact seep water through their walls. I went ahead and plugged their holes at the bottom. I have buried those and topped them with the saucers they came with. I am hoping these will work although I am not having much luck finding anyone else using this method.

  • Reply Kyle Kelly June 16, 2017 at 12:41 am

    the Olla sounds like a good idea for planting in the ground.

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  • Reply Michelle Stone July 30, 2017 at 4:53 am

    What about SIP systems?

  • Reply don chicho August 16, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Broken clay pots in your soil help retain water.

  • Reply Carlos Poor November 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

    certainly a lot of commercial for flying saucers and other products , nothing new or interesting just BLA ,BLA, BLA

  • Reply isabel yau February 2, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Too long to watch. Any video longer than 3-5 minutes is not worth watching!

  • Reply Indiana DIY February 3, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    links are out of Date.

  • Reply Judy Patrick April 19, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Would these plastic pots be BPA free?

  • Reply Daniel Witzel May 7, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Simple things like saucers go a long way. In my pots i fill the bottom with perlite up to the level the saucer would be then coco. Then I bottom feed until water stays in the saucer. Pretty much hempy without the waste. Thought about a lid around the saucer, but it drinks it up before any major evaporation occurs. I do this with Terra cotta, which does waste some water, but the evaporation the pot does keeps the roots cool in the central Texas heat

  • Reply Barry Anderson May 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

    What about using a turkey baster baster to soak up excess water in the catch trays. It works like a siphon to allow the collection of over watering This can help with too much water and minimize root rot.It is time consuming but it can save water. You videos are informative this one was not to long. You could help shorten their length by not showing the opening the boxes.

  • Reply Kanzee June 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    😍 👍

  • Reply tomfreed April 27, 2019 at 5:23 am

    You talk about everything except one most important one. Important enough that i retrofit my existing garden and fruit tree to . What is it? It is wicking method. I am getting rid off dripper, hole pipe, conventional water with wicking method. It is wicking from top down instead of bottom up because i already have an existing garden instead of build one from fresh.
    I am surprised no body talks about it in water saving technique.

    It is a hands off set it and forget it. You set it up wicking method then put the float valve in the water source then it is all automatically done. The soil is constantly moist NOT wet and when it is saturated the wicking stops. Beautiful and simple but why isn't everyone doing it? I came up with this because i got frustrated with issues of other techniques and have to buy this buy that to replace what i have. One of the great thing about wicking method is it is simple, effective and NO cost or very low cost.

    My biggest issue is water and so does every one else. Wicking does it automatically 7/24 keeping the soil always moist. Roots love that. I finally have found the solution.

  • Reply Franklin Piens May 24, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Lost me with that 'drought grid'.

  • Reply e Marie May 26, 2019 at 11:58 am

    This is great, most of those fancy pots don’t come with much instructions I was never sure how they would work, thanks

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