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Hi Josh,

I'm just a long-time fan of your work. What's on your horizon these days?


Cade Peterson  <>
San Francisco, CA USA
Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 10:27:27

Thanks so much for the plans for the self-watering planter. I made two of them this weekend, and besides being fun, I have four tomato plants planted. I live in the high desert, so conserving water is important and keeping the tomatoes hydrated is a challenge. I posted about it on my blog and gave you credit at

Sally Charette  <>
Acton, CA USA
Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12:50:48


Thank you for putting up the detailed plans for homemade growing containers. I saw them a couple of years ago and ended up putting 30 of them on my garage roof. I've got together with a few like minded neighbors here in the middle of the City of Chicago and we're all doing it.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction!


Bruce Fields  <>
Chicago, IL USA
Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 09:42:13

Great site , Thanks for all the info. I'll be the envy of the neighborhood with my.

Al Russell  <>
Harrison, Tn. USA
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 08:35:26

Love the fact that you share with others and love that you
have saved me a lot of time working out how to do it for

Kathy collins  <>
Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Monday, March 30, 2009 at 15:15:42

Thanks for the plans and directions for the

William Gaston  <>
Mesquite, TX USA
Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 14:46:29

(for some reason my last entry was cut off!!)Thank you very much for your detailed instruction on the home-made

Madison, WI
Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 08:57:02

Thank you very much for your detailed instruction on the home-made

C4G  <>
Madison, WI
Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 08:55:44 -

who was first?  <>
Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 12:42:40

I found your article on home-made earthboxes extremely informative and, as an extra blessing, that you made it free for folks to use. Good for you...jolly good show!

Chris' Egg Farm (Chris Copley)  <>
Corning, CA USA
Monday, December 01, 2008 at 20:14:21

You are a genius to come up with a reasonable way to make your own self-contained watering systems! Furthermore, I made 4 this spring and used them this summer and they work AWESOME! Thank you for sharing your idea with us. I did make one alteration, because my boxes did not mesh up perfectly next to each other, I used a couple of inches of clear tubing to run through both containers for the overflow and it works like a charm. I found 4ft drinkable black tubing in the plumbing dept of Lowes, cut in half on angle to have 2 watering tubes. Next year, I plan to chronicle the growth of one of my containers. I have referred several people to your website for instructions and next week I am making 4 more. Thank you again!!!!!!

Karen Calo  <>
Depew, NY USA
Friday, September 05, 2008 at 08:53:07

someone posted your info on the self contained garden boxes and I think it was very clever of you to come up with a homemade one. Great for folks who have limited space.

Nancy Brown  <>
Athens, Tennessee USA
Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 06:45:04


DeLand, FL United States
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 18:50:29

As an engineer and avowed do-it-yourselfer, I was glad to see your instructions on the

Brandon, MS USA
Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 14:30:53

As an engineer and avowed do-it-yourselfer, I was glad to see your instructions on the

Brandon, MS USA
Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 14:30:25

Thanks for posting the instructions for the homemade self watering planter. I'm going to get my husband to help me make one and give it a shot. I just started container gardening this year and I've been having problems knowing when to water my plants, so this should solve that problem neatly. Plus I like the low cost of making one vs buying one over the internet. Thanks!

By the way, have you ever gotten around to taking pictures to show how well they work? If you have, I'd love to see them.

Jolinar  <>
Ramona, CA USA
Monday, June 09, 2008 at 00:44:05

We in Arizona have a different problem, it get HOT early. So lighter color box is nice. I have passed on your early designs to over 50 people. My first yeat 2007 was not good (got too hot, too early). This year 2008 is going good. Up to 6 boxes of tomatoes. Will add more nest year, & start earlier.

Roger  <>
Phoenix, AZ USA
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 15:31:23

I want to say,

Joan Smuda  <>
Chicago, IL usa
Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:04:21

Thanks for the make-your-own container instructions! I'd
like to suggest using cardboard or a few layers of heavy
brown paper instead of the black plastic for a soil cover -
- unless you can get really truly biodegradable plastic
(which is expensive), it breaks down in a few seasons into
nasty, soil-and-water contaminating fragments. But
'planter's paper' works so well that you can buy it from ag
sites, and when it breaks down it goes into the compost
heap like leaves.

If this is useful, you may certainly use my name.

Chloe Lewis  <>
Berkeley, CA USA
Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 14:06:19

Josh, I just have to say, you will always be King Graham to me. Cheers :)

Ryan Porter  <>
Seattle, WA USA
Friday, April 18, 2008 at 03:14:44

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