What is a Farm Tub Planter and how does it work?

Farm Tubs are decorative planters and growing systems that are custom-built to meet your home and garden needs. Farm Tub Planters come in galvanized steel or decorative wood veneers such as cedar and utilize a water reservoir and capillary wick system. For effectiveness, the system requires the use of a high-grade potting soil, such as Black Gold Natural and Organic Potting Soil.  DIY conversion kits are available as well.

What is the difference between a complete Farm Tub and a Farm Tub DIY Kit?

A Farm Tub DIY Self-Watering Kit is the growing system component of a Farm Tub Planter and allows you to convert any water-holding planter or tank into a self-watering planter. A Farm Tub Planter includes the tank and self-watering system.

What is a self-watering planter and what are some advantages?

Self-watering is a gardening industry term for a system where water is delivered to the root zone, so plants take in the water they need through the roots. In the case of Farm Tub, we refer to it as a growing system. The advantage of this system is that there is less evaporation, it minimizes the loss of nutrients that can wash out of soil in top watering, and there is limited compaction so complex root systems can form.

What materials are used in a Farm Tub self-watering system and kit?

Farm Tub growing systems utilized food grade HDPE and PP plastics, as well as wool wicks.

How often do you need to fill a Farm Tub reservoir?

The frequency of filling the reservoir is dependent on location, conditions and what plants are growing in your Farm Tub Planter. A conservative estimate, even for tomatoes in summer heat is to fill the reservoir every week to 10 days.

What type of soil should you use in a Farm Tub growing system?

For effectiveness, the system requires the use of a high-grade potting soil, such as Black Gold Natural and Organic Potting Soil. Do not use compost, clay or sandy soil.

What sort of care is required on the wooden Farm Tub Planters?

Oiling or staining is recommended to preserve the wood and extend the life of the cedar  veneer. You can also cover your tubs in winter weather.

What needs to be done to winterize a Farm Tub Planter?

Open the spigot to let water drain and remove and store your Farm Tub float. That’s it. Per above, you may choose to cover your tank in the winter.

How often do wicks need to be replaced?

We recommend you replace your wicks every 5 years when you change out your potting soil. Wicks can be purchased from Farm Tub.

Do you sell individual replacement parts for planters and kits?

The following parts are available: Fill Tubes, Farm Tub Floats, spacers, wicks, and spigots. Pricing is available on the website.

Does Farm Tub do custom conversions of planters and what is the cost?

We do conversions of existing planters and tanks for individuals and municipalities, primarily in Colorado. We also sell custom-sized components for such projects. Pricing is bid by project.

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