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ImageGymgirl
Feb 2, 2010 5:30 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Learn all about constructing self-watering eBuckets, and how to growing veggies and plants in them!

Linda
ImageGymgirl
Feb 10, 2010 7:04 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
This design was worked on by Molamola (Coconut), Gessieviolet, and me. Hurray!

It is the best wicking system I've dealt with, and the plants love it! They take in all the water they need -- no over- or underwatering, ever!

The schematic below is mine. Here's the link to Gessieviolet's more concise instructions.

http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/frugal-gardner-self...

If you have any questions, just ask away! Rolling my eyes.

Linda

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Imagecoconut
Feb 12, 2010 5:47 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
I can't find colanders, yet, so I am trying an upside down plastic pot. Seems to be OK. More water, but the basil I have in the one bucket drinks about a gallon a day, wowee.

And for smilies, I think you click one, them must hit the space bar once. Lemme see, no space bar Blinking

And with space bar Big Grin

Melissa

owell.
Melissa

Imagebeckygardener
Feb 13, 2010 2:47 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I, too, am wondering about a cheap source for colanders. If I can't do it cheap, then I can't do it at all on a tight budget. ;-(
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagecoconut
Feb 13, 2010 3:14 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Becky, folks have found them at Dollar stores, and other cheapcheap stores.

Melissa

Imagebeckygardener
Feb 13, 2010 3:18 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Thanks, Melissa! I will check it out! :-)
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Imageweeds
Feb 14, 2010 7:55 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
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I haven't looked at our Dollar Tree store but if they
have them, they will be one dollar.
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ImageSugarweed
Feb 14, 2010 8:47 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
I looked at Dollar Tree.com and there were none there.
I'll check Dollar General and Family Dollar today.
I collect colanders and am so glad I haven't tossed those plastic ones.
We plant tomatoes here in 3 weeks.
Whistling










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Imagejimsned2
Feb 16, 2010 8:14 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
The instructions look easy, I'm not sure yet, but I think I'm going to give this a try. Being "stuck" inside because of our weather I starting to get around on this site pretty well, and am now full of new thoughts about gardening, and how I want to do things. I've always hated throwing away the pails that kitty litter comes in, and now I have a reason not to wast them. Many thanks Linda. Thumbs up
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

Imagejimsned2
Feb 16, 2010 8:20 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
One last thought, would this (the bucket gardening) qualify as bog gardening? Maybe a silly question, but it seems so similar. I think it might be a way to plant a 2nd pitcher plant that I'd like to either start or buy. Confused
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ImageSugarweed
Feb 16, 2010 9:10 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Jim, if you didn't drill a drain hole too low I think it's a bog bucket.
You might however have just muck.
Whistling

The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
Imagecoconut
Feb 16, 2010 10:22 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Jim, if you have nothing else to do, here's a good educational background.
-----------edit to say the link disappeared. Google Earth Box
This bucket system has just been invented. The trick is an air space between the potting mix and the water. Totally unlike just a non draining bucket.

Melissa
Melissa

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ImageGymgirl
Feb 17, 2010 3:34 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Thanks for that clarification, Mola!
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 17, 2010 6:01 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
What is the advantage of that air space? Providing more air to the root system of plants?
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageGymgirl
Feb 17, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Becky,
The soil that's packed around the edges of the colander up to the overflow hole is constantly in contact with the water -- that's where the capillary, or wicking, action takes place. The plant draws up additional water through its roots as it wants to, thereby controlling that capillary action. The excess water runs out through the overflow hole.

The watering control is through the wicking activity, which the plant controls! How cool is that?

Think about the old kerosene lamps. As the flame burns off the kerosene that has soaked into the wick, more kerosene is drawn up, until the lamp needs refilling. Same principal with the water reservoir underneath the colander.

Molamola, jump in any time, ok?
Imagecoconut
Feb 17, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
OK!

Roots need air to breathe. Huh?? pots have drain holes for a reason!

Without the air space, the roots would drown.

Melissa or coconut
Melissa

Imagebeckygardener
Feb 17, 2010 6:23 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Melissa and LInda - I get the concept of the drain holes so the roots don't drown. What I meant was is there an "advantage" of having air space between the water and the soil? Unlike when plants are grown in the ground. No air pocket in the ground. Does that make sense what I am asking?
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagecoconut
Feb 17, 2010 7:01 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
We are expanding from what the Earth Box guy started. He sells these things hand over fist at $150 each.

http://www.earthbox.com/consumer/instructions.php

Your system seems to be quite good.
Melissa

Imagetomatofreak
Feb 22, 2010 11:34 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Intriguing concept. How do you deal with the mosquito issue? I've had to give up all plant saucers and so-called 'self-watering' pots that hold water in the bottom. The blasted mosquitoes here will breed in any water anywhere they find it. I've had to put out pots of water with mosquito dunks just to attract them to where they'll die trying to breed.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagecoconut
Feb 22, 2010 1:09 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
A bit of screen tied over the out spout does the trick.
Melissa

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