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    I’m new to the forum and have a question about Self-Watering Beds.

    We would like to plant some veggies this year on our back patio (stamped concrete). We live Bakersfield, CA (hot, dry summers) and am wondering if so called self-watering beds would be a good choice for our climate? Reading online about them they are “self” watering in the sense that one only has to keep reservoir inside to bed filled, and the plants automatically draw from the reservoir as needed.

    Anybody have experience with these types of beds?

    Thank you,


    Steve Albert

    Self-watering beds work exactly as you describe.You must monitor the water reservoir to be sure the water is not too high–in which case roots can drown–or too low–in which case plants will quickly dry and die. So follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. You may want to start small–don’t risk too many plants–and gain experience before you invest a lot of time and money. Just as important–if you place the beds on a concrete slab/patio be aware that the ambient temperature around your plants will be many degrees higher than if the plants were in garden beds. Reflected heat and rising temperatures can harm plants almost as quickly as too little or too much water. You may want to protect the plants on days when temps are greater than 80F by placing shade cloth over the crops.



    Thank you for the reply. I’m not sure they are going to be a good choice for my situation, sounds like they may be better for more temperate climate.

    Good point about my location and the reflective heat, I hadn’t really considered that.

    I just ordered your book after hearing you on a podcast, I look forward to reading it. Thanks.


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