I came here just in the right time to see cool mods like the t-valve technique (thanks @gaiatechnician), and the way of splitting airlift (credits goes to @kenokazaki) allowing two columns to be watered using only one reservoir and airlift. Read the rest of this entry →
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(started as an update of mine, may deserve a full post)
How about this:
Use regular clay pots for the plants, tie moss/succulents/whateveryoulike to their outside, and do the rest by the book.
The moisture seeping through will feed the ”living pots”, any excess would simply drop below.
Should look nice.
I’m not certain that the clay will let much nutrients seep through.
(But feel free to try. Would probably look nice if it did work.)
No worries there – just look at the calcification on older pots.
Can’t say that I have that many clay pots… A couple of glazed ones(and we know that nothing seeps through on those),
but mostly it’s plastic ’self-watering’ pots… (Only way that I can keep plants alive, it seems… )
If you hung the pots up in net bags, you’d get free trellisses – the handles.
You should be able to drill through clay pots of your careful enough. Quick google search is giving how to results.
One small hole should be enough to allow nutrients through, and the plants could sit in the clay pot with hydroton
Or one could use felt around them, with a thick piece hanging down and acting as a wick to guide the water down to the next pot.
Which would eliminate the need for any tubing which might get clogged, and at the same time ensure the moisture supply.
Here’s something made of felt: