Real World Gardener Simple Self Watering System on The Good Earth

February 21st, 2019


Simple Self Watering System

Today we’re going upward to grow our produce or herbs but we’re doing it with a simple self-watering system. 

photo Margaret Mossakowska
If you have large trees in your garden or your neighbour has trees that overshadow yours, this is a great way to utilise the sunny parts of your garden without taking up too much space.
This is a DIY wicking system that you can either build yourself or that you can get help with from either a friend or the ‘men’s shed.’ 
I'm talking with Margaret Mossakowska from 
Let’s find out how to build it. 

PLAY: Simple Self-Watering_23rd January 2019 

photo Margaret Mossakowska

Things you need are polypipes/pvc pipes that are 10 - 15cm in diameter.

Hole cutter to cut holes in the top of the pipes so that the pots are suspended.
You don't want the pots sitting in water because this leads to anaerobic fermentation in the soil.
Make up some wicks out of textiles such as old t-shirts, poly fleece, or geo-tex off-cuts. As long as it's synthetic fabric otherwise it will rot.
You need 2-3 wicks per pot measuring a total of 35cm length.
Push the wicks through the pot so that they are about half way into the potting mix.

It’s achievable and once set up, you’ve got an ongoing self watering system to last you for years. 

This system could even be erected on a balcony and is a much better system that the vertical plastic grow bags. 
In Summer this watering system doesn’t have to be topped up for around two weeks. 

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