Build a Self-Watering Container

Self-watering containers make growing fruits and veggies a breeze and are ideal for gardening in small spaces. Construct your own reliable waterer with a few easily scavenged materials and about an hour’s worth of time.

Rooftop Garden
Melons grow from homemade self-watering containers on a Chicago rooftop. Using the instructions provided in “The Urban Homestead,” members of the organization Green Roof Growers built these self-watering containers from recycled kosher pickle buckets donated from the Chicago restaurant Vienna Beef.
HEIDI HOUGH