Self-Watering Wicking Pot Experiment

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Self-Watering Wicking Pot Experiment
« on: June 10, 2021, 12:31 »
Experimenting with making an ultra low-cost wicking pot system for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers etc.

Self-Watering Wicking Pot Experiment
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Re: Self-Watering Wicking Pot Experiment
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2021, 11:14 »
The photo's are of a system that worked very well for last years peppers and chillies. Only I changed this year because it brought the height up too much and hindered growth. Anyway the polystyrene tray about 6 foot long and 4 inches deep was found at the rubbish site. I lined this with plastic and a few dobs of silicone to keep it in place. The builders bucket sat on top of a length of fascia board type stuff, again from the rubbish. Only cost was 5 builders buckets with a strip of high absorbency material that's used in the kitchen etc.
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Re: Self-Watering Wicking Pot Experiment
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2021, 11:39 »
Is there a benefit using wicking fabric over the systems that use growing medium as the point of contact with the water chamber?

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Re: Self-Watering Wicking Pot Experiment
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2021, 22:46 »
Is there a benefit using wicking fabric over the systems that use growing medium as the point of contact with the water chamber?
I believe so - the capillary matting delivers moisture throughout the pot and growth seems much improved.


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