from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Self-Watering Innovations in Santa Fe, NM

Tomato Success Kits with customized irrigation

Tomato Success Kits with customized irrigation

Growing corn in a self-watering planter

Lincoln grew corn in a Self-Watering Patio Planter. “I planted eight seeds per container and the yield was two full ears per plant. The variety is Sweet Maple Hybrid from Burpee.

What if you took the concept of “self-watering” a step further by adding a hose to fill the reservoir? Lincoln Mulkey of Santa Fe, NM, has done it. To stay on top of watering chores, Lincoln customized two sections of hose to fill the reservoirs on his Tomato Success Kits.

“I am a lazy urban gardener,” he says. “I watered by hand daily at first, but I found watering with the hose system was a lot easier. Also, it’s easy to winterize at the end of the growing season.”

Final tomato harvest

Part of the last tomato harvest of the year

Lincoln is a longtime gardener who recently moved to northern New Mexico. “Because of the heavy clay soil here, my garden will be comprised of 4-in-1 modules and Tomato Success Kits.” Next season — his second year in Santa Fe — “I hope to add a block wall fence, after which I will construct a permanent raised bed/container garden.”

He uses the Snip-n-Drip Soaker System in his 4-in-1 Modular Raised Bed, where he grew cabbage, peas, carrots, radishes and onions.The Tomato Success Kits were used to grow tomatoes, peppers and corn.


  1. ken stetson JR
    October 9, 2014    

    lincoln are you there?? i’m looking for you since you moved. did you get my package?? let me know how you are. ken stetson JR 951-566-6980

  2. pamela
    October 13, 2014    

    Do you sell those plastic things separately that is on the front of the tomatoe success planting self watering container. I bought four planters but two have cracked openings were you put the water.
    the plastic piece you open on the front.
    I can’t keep out bugs or chipmunks they get inside the container. I need to buy just the piece everything else is ok.


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