Question of Self Watering Container
Going further with my gardening endeavors, I did some research on you tube and google regarding self water containers.
The model that I like to start with is a reservoir at the bottom of the plant container (close to the rain gutter style - youtube link below). The soil in the plant container will sit a few inches above that reservoir and will be connected thru a net filled with tightly packed soil which will wick the water from the reservoir and pass it on the the soil above. I believe you would have understood what I am talking about.
Apparently the model looks great but it however reminded me of one of the warnings generally mentioned to beginner container gardeners (and I too being one) and that is to not keep the container in the bottom saucer if it is full of drain water because it will result in over watering of the soil inside the container.
Now if this is a real issue with the saucer as the soil from the hole will wick the water inside and flood the roots, what really troubles me is why would the same not be an issue when the net pot will wick the water from the reservoir.
Practically its the same thing but while it is a threat on one side it is a blessing on the other.
Can someone help me understand this.
Here is a link that might be useful: Rain Gutter Watering System
This post was edited by saood on Sat, Feb 15, 14 at 6:33