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DIY Smart Pot

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Saw this on ICMag surprised it hasn’t been posted here yet.

Pretty neat imo.

Here are some pics of how we build our DIY smart pots.

We are constructing a 10 gallon smart pot

Tools to get the job done.

25 inch X 50 inch piece of geotextile fabric unfolded

fold in half into a 25 x 25 inch square

glue or stitch the two open sides. Here we use PL glue. this stuff is rock solid

smooth out the glue

really work out any bubbles and smooth that mofo out!

Repeat on the opposite side

You let the bag sit flat for 48 hours so the glue can dry/cure and expand. The glued edges will not break loose. PL premium is rank stuff.

This is what you end up with..

Now fold the bag inside out

make the corners touch each other inside the bag

So cheap to make and easy as can be

here is the data for the size of pots and cut size

no more fkin around, ran the numbers through a spreadsheet

size accounts for 3/4 inch of glued edge, and the gallons are at 85% of pot capacity

bag dimensions in inches

seam width: 0.75 / fill percentage (80-100%): 85

cut size: height x width / folded size: height x width / filled size: diameter x height / volume in gallons / volume in ml / volume in litres
4 x 8 / 4 x 4 / 2.1 x 2.2 / 0.03 gallons / 102 ml / 0.1 litres
5 x 10 / 5 x 5 / 2.7 x 2.8 / 0.06 gallons / 227 ml / 0.2 litres
6 x 12 / 6 x 6 / 3.3 x 3.5 / 0.11 gallons / 429 ml / 0.4 litres
7 x 14 / 7 x 7 / 4.0 x 4.2 / 0.19 gallons / 724 ml / 0.7 litres
8 x 16 / 8 x 8 / 4.6 x 4.8 / 0.30 gallons / 1129 ml / 1.1 litres
9 x 18 / 9 x 9 / 5.3 x 5.5 / 0.44 gallons / 1664 ml / 1.7 litres
10 x 20 / 10 x 10 / 5.9 x 6.2 / 0.62 gallons / 2345 ml / 2.3 litres
11 x 22 / 11 x 11 / 6.5 x 6.8 / 0.84 gallons / 3191 ml / 3.2 litres
12 x 24 / 12 x 12 / 7.2 x 7.5 / 1.12 gallons / 4220 ml / 4.2 litres
13 x 26 / 13 x 13 / 7.8 x 8.2 / 1.44 gallons / 5448 ml / 5.4 litres
14 x 28 / 14 x 14 / 8.4 x 8.8 / 1.82 gallons / 6894 ml / 6.9 litres
15 x 30 / 15 x 15 / 9.1 x 9.5 / 2.27 gallons / 8575 ml / 8.6 litres
16 x 32 / 16 x 16 / 9.7 x 10.2 / 2.78 gallons / 10510 ml / 10.5 litres
17 x 34 / 17 x 17 / 10.4 x 10.8 / 3.36 gallons / 12716 ml / 12.7 litres
18 x 36 / 18 x 18 / 11.0 x 11.5 / 4.02 gallons / 15212 ml / 15.2 litres
19 x 38 / 19 x 19 / 11.6 x 12.2 / 4.77 gallons / 18013 ml / 18.0 litres
20 x 40 / 20 x 20 / 12.3 x 12.8 / 5.59 gallons / 21140 ml / 21.1 litres
21 x 42 / 21 x 21 / 12.9 x 13.5 / 6.51 gallons / 24608 ml / 24.6 litres
22 x 44 / 22 x 22 / 13.5 x 14.2 / 7.52 gallons / 28437 ml / 28.4 litres
23 x 46 / 23 x 23 / 14.2 x 14.8 / 8.64 gallons / 32643 ml / 32.6 litres
24 x 48 / 24 x 24 / 14.8 x 15.5 / 9.85 gallons / 37246 ml / 37.2 litres
25 x 50 / 25 x 25 / 15.4 x 16.2 / 11.18 gallons / 42261 ml / 42.3 litres
26 x 52 / 26 x 26 / 16.1 x 16.8 / 12.62 gallons / 47708 ml / 47.7 litres
27 x 54 / 27 x 27 / 16.7 x 17.5 / 14.18 gallons / 53604 ml / 53.6 litres
28 x 56 / 28 x 28 / 17.4 x 18.1 / 15.86 gallons / 59966 ml / 60.0 litres
29 x 58 / 29 x 29 / 18.0 x 18.8 / 17.68 gallons / 66813 ml / 66.8 litres
30 x 60 / 30 x 30 / 18.6 x 19.5 / 19.62 gallons / 74162 ml / 74.2 litres
31 x 62 / 31 x 31 / 19.3 x 20.1 / 21.70 gallons / 82032 ml / 82.0 litres
32 x 64 / 32 x 32 / 19.9 x 20.8 / 23.93 gallons / 90439 ml / 90.4 litres
33 x 66 / 33 x 33 / 20.5 x 21.5 / 26.30 gallons / 99402 ml / 99.4 litres
34 x 68 / 34 x 34 / 21.2 x 22.1 / 28.82 gallons / 108938 ml / 108.9 litres
35 x 70 / 35 x 35 / 21.8 x 22.8 / 31.50 gallons / 119066 ml / 119.1 litres
36 x 72 / 36 x 36 / 22.5 x 23.5 / 34.34 gallons / 129802 ml / 129.8 litres
37 x 74 / 37 x 37 / 23.1 x 24.1 / 37.35 gallons / 141166 ml / 141.2 litres
38 x 76 / 38 x 38 / 23.7 x 24.8 / 40.52 gallons / 153174 ml / 153.2 litres
39 x 78 / 39 x 39 / 24.4 x 25.5 / 43.87 gallons / 165844 ml / 165.8 litres
40 x 80 / 40 x 40 / 25.0 x 26.1 / 47.41 gallons / 179194 ml / 179.2 litres
41 x 82 / 41 x 41 / 25.6 x 26.8 / 51.12 gallons / 193243 ml / 193.2 litres
42 x 84 / 42 x 42 / 26.3 x 27.5 / 55.03 gallons / 208007 ml / 208.0 litres
43 x 86 / 43 x 43 / 26.9 x 28.1 / 59.13 gallons / 223504 ml / 223.5 litres
44 x 88 / 44 x 44 / 27.6 x 28.8 / 63.43 gallons / 239753 ml / 239.8 litres
45 x 90 / 45 x 45 / 28.2 x 29.5 / 67.93 gallons / 256771 ml / 256.8 litres
46 x 92 / 46 x 46 / 28.8 x 30.1 / 72.64 gallons / 274575 ml / 274.6 litres
47 x 94 / 47 x 47 / 29.5 x 30.8 / 77.56 gallons / 293184 ml / 293.2 litres
48 x 96 / 48 x 48 / 30.1 x 31.5 / 82.70 gallons / 312616 ml / 312.6 litres
49 x 98 / 49 x 49 / 30.7 x 32.1 / 88.07 gallons / 332888 ml / 332.9 litres
50 x 100 / 50 x 50 / 31.4 x 32.8 / 93.66 gallons / 354017 ml / 354.0 litres
51 x 102 / 51 x 51 / 32.0 x 33.5 / 99.48 gallons / 376023 ml / 376.0 litres
52 x 104 / 52 x 52 / 32.6 x 34.1 / 105.53 gallons / 398921 ml / 398.9 litres
53 x 106 / 53 x 53 / 33.3 x 34.8 / 111.83 gallons / 422731 ml / 422.7 litres
54 x 108 / 54 x 54 / 33.9 x 35.5 / 118.38 gallons / 447471 ml / 447.5 litres
55 x 110 / 55 x 55 / 34.6 x 36.1 / 125.17 gallons / 473157 ml / 473.2 litres
56 x 112 / 56 x 56 / 35.2 x 36.8 / 132.22 gallons / 499807 ml / 499.8 litres
57 x 114 / 57 x 57 / 35.8 x 37.5 / 139.53 gallons / 527440 ml / 527.4 litres
58 x 116 / 58 x 58 / 36.5 x 38.1 / 147.11 gallons / 556073 ml / 556.1 litres
59 x 118 / 59 x 59 / 37.1 x 38.8 / 154.95 gallons / 585725 ml / 585.7 litres
60 x 120 / 60 x 60 / 37.7 x 39.5 / 163.07 gallons / 616411 ml / 616.4 litres
61 x 122 / 61 x 61 / 38.4 x 40.1 / 171.47 gallons / 648152 ml / 648.2 litres
62 x 124 / 62 x 62 / 39.0 x 40.8 / 180.15 gallons / 680964 ml / 681.0 litres
63 x 126 / 63 x 63 / 39.7 x 41.5 / 189.12 gallons / 714864 ml / 714.9 litres
64 x 128 / 64 x 64 / 40.3 x 42.1 / 198.38 gallons / 749872 ml / 749.9 litres
65 x 130 / 65 x 65 / 40.9 x 42.8 / 207.94 gallons / 786005 ml / 786.0 litres
66 x 132 / 66 x 66 / 41.6 x 43.5 / 217.80 gallons / 823279 ml / 823.3 litres
67 x 134 / 67 x 67 / 42.2 x 44.1 / 227.97 gallons / 861714 ml / 861.7 litres
68 x 136 / 68 x 68 / 42.8 x 44.8 / 238.45 gallons / 901327 ml / 901.3 litres
69 x 138 / 69 x 69 / 43.5 x 45.5 / 249.24 gallons / 942136 ml / 942.1 litres
70 x 140 / 70 x 70 / 44.1 x 46.1 / 260.36 gallons / 984158 ml / 984.2 litres
71 x 142 / 71 x 71 / 44.7 x 46.8 / 271.80 gallons / 1027412 ml / 1027.4 litres
72 x 144 / 72 x 72 / 45.4 x 47.5 / 283.58 gallons / 1071915 ml / 1071.9 litres
73 x 146 / 73 x 73 / 46.0 x 48.1 / 295.68 gallons / 1117684 ml / 1117.7 litres
74 x 148 / 74 x 74 / 46.7 x 48.8 / 308.13 gallons / 1164739 ml / 1164.7 litres
75 x 150 / 75 x 75 / 47.3 x 49.5 / 320.92 gallons / 1213096 ml / 1213.1 litres
76 x 152 / 76 x 76 / 47.9 x 50.1 / 334.07 gallons / 1262773 ml / 1262.8 litres
77 x 154 / 77 x 77 / 48.6 x 50.8 / 347.56 gallons / 1313788 ml / 1313.8 litres
78 x 156 / 78 x 78 / 49.2 x 51.4 / 361.42 gallons / 1366159 ml / 1366.2 litres
79 x 158 / 79 x 79 / 49.8 x 52.1 / 375.64 gallons / 1419903 ml / 1419.9 litres
80 x 160 / 80 x 80 / 50.5 x 52.8 / 390.22 gallons / 1475039 ml / 1475.0 litres
81 x 162 / 81 x 81 / 51.1 x 53.4 / 405.18 gallons / 1531584 ml / 1531.6 litres
82 x 164 / 82 x 82 / 51.8 x 54.1 / 420.52 gallons / 1589556 ml / 1589.6 litres
83 x 166 / 83 x 83 / 52.4 x 54.8 / 436.24 gallons / 1648972 ml / 1649.0 litres
84 x 168 / 84 x 84 / 53.0 x 55.4 / 452.34 gallons / 1709851 ml / 1709.9 litres
85 x 170 / 85 x 85 / 53.7 x 56.1 / 468.84 gallons / 1772211 ml / 1772.2 litres
86 x 172 / 86 x 86 / 54.3 x 56.8 / 485.73 gallons / 1836068 ml / 1836.1 litres
87 x 174 / 87 x 87 / 54.9 x 57.4 / 503.03 gallons / 1901441 ml / 1901.4 litres
88 x 176 / 88 x 88 / 55.6 x 58.1 / 520.73 gallons / 1968348 ml / 1968.3 litres
89 x 178 / 89 x 89 / 56.2 x 58.8 / 538.84 gallons / 2036807 ml / 2036.8 litres
90 x 180 / 90 x 90 / 56.9 x 59.4 / 557.36 gallons / 2106834 ml / 2106.8 litres
91 x 182 / 91 x 91 / 57.5 x 60.1 / 576.31 gallons / 2178448 ml / 2178.4 litres
92 x 184 / 92 x 92 / 58.1 x 60.8 / 595.68 gallons / 2251668 ml / 2251.7 litres
93 x 186 / 93 x 93 / 58.8 x 61.4 / 615.48 gallons / 2326509 ml / 2326.5 litres
94 x 188 / 94 x 94 / 59.4 x 62.1 / 635.71 gallons / 2402991 ml / 2403.0 litres
95 x 190 / 95 x 95 / 60.0 x 62.8 / 656.38 gallons / 2481131 ml / 2481.1 litres
96 x 192 / 96 x 96 / 60.7 x 63.4 / 677.50 gallons / 2560947 ml / 2560.9 litres

Saw this on ICMag surprised it hasn't been posted here yet. Pretty neat imo. Here are some pics of how we build our DIY smart pots. We are constructing…

The Smart Pot – Adding Flexibility to Your Garden

Like most people, I love a good deal. That’s how I ended up picking up a Smart Pot circular garden bed. It was originally about $18 but had been reduced to $4. That’s a pretty good deal for something I had initially marked off my shopping list because of how much it cost. If you’re also wondering about whether a Smart Pot should find its way into your garden, I’m here to give you the 4-1-1 on them.

Smart Pot Positive

These planters are made of fabric. That helps make them lightweight and therefore easy to drag to a new spot if the location you chose isn’t working out for your plants. This gives the Smart Pot an advantage over similarly sized terra cotta planters, which are heavy enough on their own and even worse when filled with dirt and/or plants. The Smart Pot is also somewhat more flexible than terra cotta, which could be helpful in tight or oddly shaped spaces. There’s no need to worry about how fast your plants will grow, mine grew equally well in them during the winter as the same ones did in similar-sized terra cotta pots.

The Smart Pot – Lightweight, portable, and easy to store.

These containers are useful even on solid surfaces like concrete or porches. Gardeners in spots with colder weather will be glad that the Smart Pot won’t crack in the freezing temperatures like terran cotta and sometimes plastic does. These containers are easy to assemble and take down when you’re done using them. They even fold into flat shapes that don’t take up much storage space. Smart Pots are hypothetically washable but do so at your own risk. People with whom you share a washer and drier with might not be pleased to find the machine full of dirt.

The Not-So-Smart Pot?

The main downside to these containers is their high prices. You’ll want to keep your eyes open for sales. Another option to consider is making a DIY Smart Pot on your own at home. (Yes, I’m putting that on the project list).

Another problem I noticed was that it was very easy to bump into the container while working in the garden and knock the plants inside it catawampus. The Smart Pots are clearly not as stable as terra cotta or plastic containers. Therefore, they may not be the best choice for growing delicate plants. Heck, even the mustard greens and onions have kept flopping sideways in the Smart Pot.

Plants growing sideways? Not a plus.

I was a little concerned that the dark colored cloth might not be good for my plants, considering how hot it can get here. The vegetables I’ve grown have been fine during the winter. However, I can’t say what will happen when the outdoors temperatures crank up. Some years earlier, I had several plants that died for no reason other than I put them in a black pot on my front porch. But they were indeed pansies…

Other Notes Regarding Smart Pots

I would not class the Smart Pot as a “raised-bed”, although it’s certainly marketed that way. The one I bought didn’t seem large enough to qualify, but the larger sized ones might accurately fit that description. The medium-sized Smart Pot functions more as just another container for a container garden. While it is very nice for creating a popup raised bed without much effort, a collection of lower priced containers in terra cotta or plastic would work just as well. They can also be a good deal cheaper.

Like most garden pots, the only additional materials that you need is a bag of dirt and some plants. The Smart Pot offers plants some protection from harmful elements found in garden soil like nematodes, but the same is equally true of plastic and terra cotta containers.

Assembling the Smart Pot is a breeze.

The Smart Pot’s breathable fabric allows excess moisture to wick out, which is a necessary aspect for planters. But the moisture that’s seeping out could also cause stains to appear on decks, patios, concrete walkways, etc. You might want to use a cheap picnic table liner to prevent stains if the Smart Pot is set up somewhere that could be a problem. As always, best of luck and happy gardening!

Buy a five pack of the 3 gallon size for around $19:

or buy a five pack of the 5 gallon size for around $23:

We review the Smart Pot which can serve as an alternative to normal containers in your garden. Some even use it as a raised garden bed.