Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Container & Soil Mix

Learn how to have a “labor free” garden. No Watering, No Weeding, No Fertilizing all season long. Is it possible? It is, with my off-grid, self-watering container gardening system. After many hours of study and testing I think I have found a system that anyone can use to grow almost anything almost anywhere. We can all become farmers and grow our own food.

25 Responses to “Off-Grid Self-Watering Container Gardening System: Container & Soil Mix”

  • pamarrero says:

    I would like to see you do something like a preper root cellar or show how to dehidrate at home , or even a canning tutorial

  • LDSPrepper says:

    Thanks for asking. We don’t have root cellars here in Houston. I have already done videos on dehydrating and canning. Please look through my videos.

  • engelwyre says:

    Have you by chance done any testing with polyester as a wick? According to some, cotton will break down whereas polyester will hold up over time. I’ve only tried polyester (felt strips) so far in small water bottle SIPs for plant cuttings.

    Thanks so much for all of your videos.

  • LDSPrepper says:

    I tested several fabrics including poly fabrics and burlap. They didn’t work at all. I mean zero wicking. I’m OK with cotton deteriorating. I figure I replace the dolomite and fertilizer every year. I can replace the wick too. Although I expect it to last many years.

  • engelwyre says:

    Thanks for the reply. I also don’t mind deteriorating, I suppose that’s the heart of organics. Inside Urban Green introduced me to SIPs and mentioned the polyester. Ikea has very cheap dish towels that would likely make great, inexpensive wicks. I built 3 systems the ‘GlobalBuckets’ way, I’ll follow your method this weekend!

  • adpuf01 says:

    Do you have an email address? I have a question about soil mixture.

  • LDSPrepper says:

    Please ask your question here so all can learn. If you can’t you can send me a personal message through YouTube.

  • thegoodgreen1 says:

    LDS…do you have an update video on this tomato plant by chance. Would be nice to see the result. Thanks

  • LDSPrepper says:

    Did you see the update? The plants are doing amazingly well. Actually I’m not surprised. Just very pleased.

  • MrMekune says:

    A question as to why you remove the fertiliser. Why take it out? Wouldnt wasting the crystals be bad in a farming situation? Surely they still have nutrients for your plants to use? Maybe take them out and use them on less intensive plants that dont require rich soil to grow?

  • LDSPrepper says:

    If you use organic fertilizer you do not need to remove it. However, chemical fertilizers build up salt deposits in the soil. That is why you need to remove it.

  • MrMekune says:

    Ahhhhh. Makes sense now. Any ideas how to make your own ‘miraclegro’ out of compost or anything like it?

  • legion2k says:

    Lazy man’s version is called Sun Shine Mix #4. It’s awesome. Only thing to watch out with peat moss is that when it dries.. it shrinks. Coco is would work great too but you’d need to add calcium.

  • woknblues says:

    Hi LDSprepper,

    First, thank you so much for this amazing videos. (Your others are = as amazing, an IBC tote is def. in my future, and the h2O tx system.)

    Question re: wicking from bottom to top on the ultimate system. You ref. placing an ultimate bucket on top of another in a “series” type config, requiring less tubing, increasing yield per sq ft of floor space. More continued:

  • woknblues says:

    Do you think i need to “thread’ another sock from the bottom to the top to carry the moisture to the 2nd bucket or will it wick right from one bucket to another? So on my top bucket, I don’t need to drill the drainage holes? thanks!

  • PhilippinesBlogger says:

    Using cloth, like sock etc…dont u worry about mold etc that gets into soil and kill plants like tomato etc/

  • LDSPrepper says:

    My tomato plant is over 8 feet tall right now. Everything seems to be working great.

  • LDSPrepper says:

    I would drill the drain holes and connect the sock from the bottom bucket to the sock to the top bucket making a continuous wick.

  • LDSPrepper says:

    That mix sounds perfect. Great recommendation.

  • CallOnYahweh says:

    I found huge sacks of vermiculite at the feed store. I can’t seem to find large bags of peat moss though. Any sources for where you got yours? Thanks!

  • LDSPrepper says:

    I found the best deal at Lowes. 2.2 cubic feet around $9.00. Nurseries also have it but they were more expensive. Best of luck with your garden.

  • CallOnYahweh says:

    Good deal brother. Thank you for the direction on getting these going!  I will head into town later and pick some up for my containers.

  • 34timsah says:

    DON’T U THINK THAT IF U USE THE SOCK,THE TOMATOES TASTE AND SMELL LIKE YOUR FEET…:)))

  • LDSPrepper says:

    That is why they tasted so funny! 😉

  • atmskater78 says:

    Very nice! Thank you!

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