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  • 1.  DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

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    Posted 07-25-2022 01:33:00 PM
    Hi, friends! 

    I'm wondering if any of you have successfully built DIY self-watering containers with your kiddos using recycled materials. If so, KidsGardening would love to highlight your project in the Garden Story section of our upcoming newsletter. DM me if you have ideas! 

    Thanks so much, and happy gardening!
    Em

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    Em Shipman
    Executive Director
    KidsGardening
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  • 2.  RE: DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

    Posted 07-26-2022 02:56:00 PM
    Hi Em! Our amazing partner at Rosepine Elementary School, Beth Thomas, uses tins from the lunchroom to create self-watering totes. She is pretty new to gardening and she has greatly expanded her program to reach all of the students at the school (nearly 700!).
    Let me know if you have any questions, if you'd like pics, or you want to contact Beth.

    Thanks!

    Jane Fillette
    School Garden Coordinator
    Good Food Project
    Food Bank of Central Louisiana

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    jane Fillette
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  • 3.  RE: DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

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    Posted 07-26-2022 03:25:00 PM
    Great, Jane! Could you send me Beth's email? I'd love to get in touch with her.

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    Em Shipman
    Executive Director
    KidsGardening
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  • 4.  RE: DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

    Posted 07-27-2022 11:21:00 AM

    Keep it super simple: 
    Empty, clean milk containers make excellent seedling starters- poke a hole in the bottom for drainage. 

    If you want them to be watering containers, clean them out and leave the spout. If you want them to sprinkle, use tape to seal the top, and a stapler remover or fork to create little holes at the bottom.

    Fun, clean, and Green.



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    Andrea Garfield Tomlinson
    Green School Coordinator
    Highland Elementary School, Lake Worth, FL
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  • 5.  RE: DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

    Posted 07-27-2022 03:56:00 PM
    I would love to see a picture of you could share it.

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    Camille Walker
    Elementary school garden
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  • 6.  RE: DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

    Posted 07-29-2022 11:29:00 AM
    I would love to get the instructions for the self-watering totes. Thank you. Gloria Wilson, Eldred PA   gjw5260@psu.edu

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    Gloria Wilson
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  • 7.  RE: DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

    Posted 07-27-2022 12:08:00 PM
    We made self watering gardens for each of the children in our program using 5 galloon buckets and recycled 16oz water and soda bottles.
    We did purchase the buckets but recycled would work too. 
    They work great.


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    david henry
    Childhelp
    VA
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  • 8.  RE: DIY self watering containers with recycled materials?

    Posted 07-28-2022 04:06:00 PM
    Using 3D printers and recycled 2 liter soda bottles, our students made a number of accessories like the self-water attachment here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1070548 These slowly release water over a few days and are easy to monitor.

    Nathan Sekinger, NBCT
    Makey Makey Ambassador
    Tinkercad Educational Advisor
    Raspberry Pi, Google, Adobe Certified Educator
    Apple Teacher, Swift Playgrounds Apple Teacher

    VAASL President-Elect
    School Librarian
    Gayle Middle School
    540-373-0383

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