Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Even EASIER cheaper than ever Sub-I planter

(self-watering, that is!)

Let’s just see if it works.

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Ingredients:

~ Large tub (free by the side of the road yesterday)

~ Recycle bin (old model; free from the city)

~ 12 small square pots (free at curb; shown upside-down here but in the end I used them right-side up)

~ Braided garden twine for wick (already had it in the garden)

~ Strips of old t-shirt fabric (not shown) for additional wick-power

~ Strip of capillary matting from Burpee self-watering seed starter for extra wick-power

~ Potting soil ($6 at Fortino’s)

Basically, you thread the wick through the holes in the recycle bin, stand the recycle bin on top of the pots and let ‘er rip.

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After I took these pictures, I decided the wick maybe wasn’t wicky enough, so I added a couple of strips of cotton t-shirt fabric in the hope that it will wick more wickily.

I’ve planted it up with a Sugar Baby watermelon seedling (pretty stunted; I hope it takes off now that it’s in a big planter) along with an Ildi tomato.  Grow, babies, grow!  Ironically, now that summer’s here, there’s not much summer left…

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Happy now because I’ve wanted to do something growy in these two leftover recycle bins for a while… and now I have!  (well, one of them)

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