Water Reservoir and wicking for my big container

tnkrerMay 17, 2012

I have made a big container (4' x 3'6", height 3') This being my first time, I have bunch of questions .. I am creating multiple threads with questions on each different topic.

This one is about the water reservoir. I have built the planter using the design from the natural handyman april issue.

8 perforated flexible drain pipes covered with cotton cloth will serve as water reservoir. The growing media between the pipes will also be in the water since water will seep out of those pipes and saturate the mix at that level. The container base is lined with pond liner and there is an overflow hole/tube at 4" from bottom. I am thinking of adding cork float to figure out when water is low. Also instead of 8 separate pieces, I am thinking of keeping the drain pipe as one piece. (I think I will use some plastic cleat to keep the pipe from unfolding)

Here is my container. (The base is ready, just not in the picture)

So now on to questions.

There is no clear separation between water reservoir and growing media. (However the pipes are covered with cloth, so roots should not go in there). I am thinking that I will cover the water level (pipes and grow media) by two layers of landscape fabric to prevent the roots from going into water.

To allow wicking, I will cut multiple 2"x4" square holes (about 12, 1 per sq ft) and between two plants (so not directly under the root)

Anybody has done a similar design for container? Do you see any problems here? Any modifications you think will improve the self watering aspect?

Thanks for reading all this and your help. My cherry tomato plant in the house has a tomato on it .. So I am excited and need to get this done quickly :)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
terrybull

one layer of landscape fabric is enough. and i dont see the need for 2x4 holes in it.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 10:16AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Need help identifying a few plants from a photo
Can someone please identify the plants used in this...
Merci Ava Maria
Question about too much dryness in my container garden
I have several Behlen food-grade stocktanks (1x2x6)...
catherinet
Need help!..white spots on my lemon seedlings!!
I recently found white spots on the leaves of my lemon...
Kavitha Raghunath
zone 9 or so best roses for containers
what are your best roses for container gardening
zippity1
Help! My slash pine seedlings in containers are turning yellowish
I have several hundred slash pine seedlings I put in...
Florida Native
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™