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Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures

Posted by wetjackson 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 3, 12 at 14:06

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.

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70 ltr. Muck Bucket

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

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3 gallon Pan for Reservoir

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Close up of aeration holes

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

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fill tube and aeration tube with cross holes drilled in

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assembled and ready for fill

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close up showing wicks and edge filler rocks

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initial fill with 5:1:1 mix

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anything worth doing is worth over-doing.

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my portable orchard...

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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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RE: Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures

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.


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RE: Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures

OK, just what does SIP stand for?


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RE: Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures

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 ; )


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RE: Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures

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


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RE: Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures.....

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


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RE: Large SIP's for Trees with Pictures

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.


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