Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures

wetjackson(5)April 3, 2012

I am posting pictures of my Large SIP's with wicking reservoir for trees/small shrubs (blueberries). I have tried to show the details for discussion or critique and will update this post with my progress over the year.

I tried to use a mixture similar to the 5:1:1 mix. My mix is as follows:

(1) 2.8 cu. ft. bag of Fafard Aged Pine Bark

(5) gallon peat

(5) gallon coarse perlite

(2) cups lime

(2) cups Miracle-Gro 24:8:16

I have heard that the 5:1:1 may not wick very well, but the Fafard bark seems to be pretty composted and and I am hopeful that the mix and wicks will do the trick.

70 ltr. Muck Bucket

Close up of Grommet, probably unnecessary, but ???

3 gallon Pan for Reservoir

Close up of aeration holes

Mop head wicks, fill hole, and side hole for aeration tube

fill tube and aeration tube with cross holes drilled in

assembled and ready for fill

close up showing wicks and edge filler rocks

initial fill with 5:1:1 mix

anything worth doing is worth over-doing.

my portable orchard...

close up of mix and tree

My orchard consists of 2 different, cold hardy, dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties of each type.

Apples, Apricots, Sweet Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Plums, and Paw Paws...

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Very nice! I picture a portable blueberry orchard. Keep us posted on results. I think I like the term SIP rather than Self-Watering. They don't water themselves.....I was filling mine every other day.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 8:06PM
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phyllis__mn

OK, just what does SIP stand for?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 1:08PM
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wetjackson(5)

I have seen the term SIP in some other sites and it stands for sub irrigated planter, it seems more appropriate than self watering container, since the last time I checked, none of these containers water themselves ; )

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 1:55PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

You got that right! I was watering my "self" watering container more than the stuff that was growing in the ground.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 2:40PM
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phyllis__mn

Thanks for the reply.....have to agree on it being a more appropriate name!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 1:19PM
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coolwhip451(6b)

super anxiously excited to hear how it went for you this season...

any pix or insights to impart? how did they wick?

also sorta curious how those muck buckets will withstand the winter;
although, it looks like they got a nice winter vacation place in teh garage.

either way, that's one damn fine good lookin' orchard you got there.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 8:40PM
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