Pots, Planters & Containers


Sili-Seedlings Seed Starting Tray: Product Review


Sili-Seedlings seed starting trays are made of FDA-approved, BPA-free, food-grade silicone (great for organic gardeners). They're well-designed, easy to work with, sterilizable (just wash them in the dishwasher) and crush-proof. Best of all, seedlings grow in them extremely well and, because the cells are a little larger (2" x 2"), don't need to be transplanted as quickly. I recommend Sili-Seedlings without hesitation and will be using them for nearly all my future seed-starting needs (I'll continue to Continue Reading


AeroGarden Bounty Elite Wi-Fi: Product Review


The AeroGarden Bounty Elite is an exceptionally easy-to-use countertop garden that includes everything you need to produce a bountiful crop of hydroponic herbs, veggies or flowers in a small space. The clear instructions make set-up a breeze and the LCD panel lets you monitor and control everything you need to keep the system running smoothly. The LED light panel emits a bright white light (not purple like some LED grow lights) and the liquid plant Continue Reading


Daisy Rain Sprinkler Pots: Product Review


The Daisy Rain Sprinkler Pot is essentially a large (18-inch), terra cotta-colored flowerpot with a built-in sprinkler. It comes as a kit with all the parts you need to connect multiple pots together with flexible tubing, and even has a timer to control when and how long each pot is watered. The system works extremely well, keeping each pot perfectly watered, even through the heat of a New Mexico summer. Plus, it looks fantastic. Continue Reading


Elevated Rolling U-Garden and Watering System: Product Review


Overall, this is an excellent “self-watering” elevated planter – with a few caveats. The planter itself looks great, is mobile and holds up well. I like that it’s made with cedar that’s certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Because it’s elevated, there’s no need to bend when tending your plants – perfect for those with mobility or back issues. Assembly is a little tricky and the optional watering system has some drawbacks but by adding Continue Reading


GreenStalk Stackable Planter & Mover: Product Review


After 3 years of continuous use, I can't say enough good things about the GreenStalk planter! It's a nice solution to a common problem – effectively and efficiently growing plants in a small space. It’s well-designed, easy to use, allows you to grow a huge number of plants in a very small area, and keeps those plants evenly watered. And with the optional Mover, it can be easily turned or moved as needed. Continue Reading


Galvanized Self-Watering Planter from Gardener’s Supply: Product Review


This is one of my favorite self-watering planters. Not only does it look great, it also works very well. The capillary tubes do a fantastic job of wicking water from the reservoir up to the plant roots. The galvanized steel sides and faux wood aluminum trim withstand even Tucson’s summer blast furnace. And the optional casters make the planters easy to move around. Continue Reading


Vegepod Self-Watering Planter: Product Review


This is one of my favorite gardening containers. It produces bountiful crops, is self-watering, protects plants from birds and other pests, and takes up limited space – great for patio gardening. With the optional stand (with or without casters), you can garden at waist height. The cover keeps pesky critters away, is easy to open and close, and has an integrated watering system. It does take patience to assemble all the parts but the instructions Continue Reading


All About Self-Watering Planters & Containers


If you're forgetful, or you're just not home very often, self-watering containers are a must-have. They're also helpful if you're growing in an area that's not convenient to a water spigot, such as a balcony. In this video, Monica walks you through the different types of self-watering containers, how they work, what to grow in them, an easy DIY option and what to look for when buying one. With the right self-watering planter you can Continue Reading


The Gardener’s Revolution® Classic Vine Planter: Product Review


Overall, this is an attractive self-watering planter and trellis kit that may do best on lawn or bare ground that will absorb reservoir water overflow. The components are sturdy and well made. The 5 gallon reservoir is easy to fill, the capillary strip wicks water from the reservoir to keep soil evenly moist and the trellis holds climbing plants easily. However, there’s no water level indicator so it’s difficult to know when to refill the Continue Reading


Tomato Success Kit from Gardener’s Supply: Product Review


This self-watering planter and support cage works well for growing tomatoes, especially when grow in the organic potting mix and tomato fertilizer that comes with the kit. The 4-gallon reservoir means that you don’t have to water as often and the fill spout is large enough to make filling the reservoir a breeze. Of all the tomato growing kits or planters I’ve tested, this is the one I like best. Continue Reading


VegTrug Poppy Planter: Product Review


The stylish VegTrug Poppy Planter is a compact, elevated planter with a fabric liner that's perfect for smaller spaces, such as your deck, patio or even in your yard. The vibrant color choices are very attractive and eye catching, and the stand is sturdy and well-made. It's also a great idea for gardeners who cannot bend or stoop to the ground. It's a good height for gardening standing up or sitting in a chair. Continue Reading


Gronomics Vertical Garden Bed: Product Review


Why use a vertical garden? Because your gardening space is limited; because you live in an urban setting without access to uncompacted, uncontaminated soil; because you like the looks of a green wall. Whatever your reasons, options for vertical gardening are somewhat limited, and most fall into the DIY category. The Gronomics Vertical Garden Bed is a ready-to-use space-saver. And it comes pre-assembled! All you need is soil. Continue Reading