DIY Mini Self-Watering Wicking Garden

[DIY Mini Self-Watering Wicking Garden]
Speaker: Wayne Meador Hi, my name is Wayne and welcome to another
wonderful episode of Gardening here on my YouTube channel. Recently Iíve had a lot of enquiries and
comments from people that just say, ìYou know, Iíve tried gardening and for one reason
or another, Iím not good at it, I always kill all my plants,î or something drastic
happens and they lose hope and maybe try again next year or maybe itís been a few years
since theyíve tried it. My goal is to help make a difference in the world and help you
all understand and know that itís not that hard to garden. The way I look at gardening is plants need
three things to live, they need nutrients or food, they need water, and they need sunlight
or air. Thatís the only three things that they need, but they need certain levels and
volumes of each one. Thereís been a lot of growth lately in gardeners
who are doing wicking pots or wicking beds and/or air pruning pots. This isnít going
to be an air pruning pot, this is going to be a mini wicking bed video and I wanted to
do something that was very simple for you that you can do at home in your spare time,
you can even get your kids involved and then you can take a bed or a garden bed thatís
this large that is self watering or a wicking bed and you can put this outside if you want
to, if youíre an urban gardener or you live in an apartment, this would work great, you
can put it out on your deck. Youíll have something thatís just going to be a whole
lot more fun to try on a scaled-back version and youíre going to eliminate one of the
problems, and that is constant water supply. Now the only other things two things that
you have to worry about is am I giving it enough or the right amount of food or nutrients
and is it getting enough sunlight? Youíve already solved your water issue and itíll
solve you from having to babysit it all the time and your plant pots arenít going to
dry out and youíll have a lot better production out of your small salad greens. Iím thinking
salad greens, maybe some radishes, some chives or green onions would do really good in a
small container like this. I didnít have anything in mind, a build list
or anything when I went to the store, but when I went to the store, all I was thinking
about was the size of the containers, what I was going to need them to perform like and
tried to find some things that would work together really well. Your goal is that you
have a water reservoir on the bottom, you have your dirt on top, and then you have a
wick that runs into the water and will wick it up to the top and supply your plants in
the garden bed with the proper amount of water. Just come on in and weíre just going to get
started and then when we get done, youíll see exactly what we have going and why this
works so very well. Okay. So the reason why, again, that I didnít
name a specific build list is because I want you to feel flexible to go out and get a variation
of different sizes of things that will work together based on how large of a pot or a
garden bed that youíre trying to build. This is going to be really great for the window
sill or sitting outside on your porch. The first thing that weíre going to do is
weíre going to modify this bottom pot. Now this is the tub or pot that the water is going
to set in and I wanted to spice it up just a little bit and add a viewing window here
on the front side that would allow us to see how much water was in here and that way we
know when we need to add more water. What Iím going to do is Iím going to use
a knife and Iím just going to stick it through here and Iím going to cut a slot in this
that will be a viewing window for water. Now that we have this little window cut in here,
we need to find a way to cover it back over and thatís what this clear cereal box container
is all about. This container, I picked this up for about $2 or $1.50 at Wal-Mart and it
was the cheapest container that I could find made out of this clear plastic that would
work for what Iím going for. All I need now is to cut a piece out of this container and
we can toss the lid, I need to cut a piece out of this container thatís going to be
slightly larger than the viewing window and itíll serve as what keeps the water from
leaking out. Okay, now that I have this piece cut out,
I found out that it was easier for me to use this scissors and cut through it and kind
of work around it like this, than it was to use a knife. Youíll just have to play with
different things. I never have one way that Iím going to do something every time, I try
different things and when I try different things, I end up with results that I didnít
expect, because I had an open mind. Now this is ready to go on the side of your
tub and youíll be able to use this as your viewing hole for water. The way you want to
do that is using 100% silicon and I went and purchased this, itís a clear silicon, you
can get a tube of this silicon for just a few dollars, and the goal is that you can
affix this onto the
side of the container using the silicon. The reason why you want to use 100% silicon is
this is the food grade silicon. Anytime youíre working with food production or plants, you
want to use 100% silicon because it will not harm your food supply. Thatís all there is to this. There is absolutely
nothing to this, it is so easy, thereís on right or wrong way to do it. This is your top tub. On the top tub what
weíre going to do is we need one of these baskets to go down in the middle of this tub
and set below it so it hangs down below the tub like this and thatís whatís going to
wick the water up to this grow bed. Now that I have this piece cut out, I have
this piece that sets down inside it like this and hangs from the bottom, and once I set
this into the water reservoir below it, this will be able to wick up the water. What we have to do is fill this up with dirt
so that the water can wick into the dirt and up into this pot. To keep the dirt from falling
out, I have some landscape fabric that I had from Loweís that I was using earlier in the
season. You donít have to use landscape fabric, you can use an old t-shirt, you can use a
pair of jeans. One of the things that a lot of the gardeners are loving right now are
the bags you get at Wal-Mart or any of the grocery stores that are the recycled shopping
bags or the ones that you carry back, those work great for this kind of project. You just
stick it in here or you can wrap this thing up like so, like this, and stuff it in. This
will keep the dirt from coming out
of the bottom. This is what it looks like. You can trim it up a little more if you want,
I donít see any need to, so Iím done. Now, all I have to do is turn these things
upside down below it and set it down on top of the tub that I already prepared for the
water and voila! You have a wicking bed! To get this thing ready to plant, all you have
to do is take some of your dirt and I have a dirt with some organic mix, Iím going to
fill it up and you always want to pack your dirt into this bottom wicking chamber. You
can use anything for these wicking chambers, you can get a little cup, just get creative,
let your mind go. When Iím shopping, Iím always looking at the containers of the things
on the shelf, the things that have food in them or items in them and Iím always trying
to figure out, ìHow can I use that container?î Sometimes Iíll end up getting a different
product than I went to the store for, simply because I liked the container that it was
in. So there you have it, an easy, self-watering
wicking bed. Itíll save you a lot of headache because it will take care of the watering
for you, all you have to do is when it runs low on water, pick it up, dump a little bit
of water in it and set it back down. There are a few things that you can do to
make the watering process a little bit easier. Iím not going to do it because I donít see
a need for it for me, but if you donít want to pick your pot up once you have plants growing
in it, or that you think itís too heavy, and if you would go any larger than this in
size, you would definitely have to do this, but you can put a pipe down the side of your
wicking bed that goes through the bottom here and you can use that to fill the water with.
In my case, Iíll just pick it up and set it to the side, or just pull the side of the
tub out like this and pour water in. Itís very simple, very easy to use and this
thing should last for years and all I have to do is replace the fabric on the bottom
maybe every few times that I plant it. I hope this is helpful. If it has been helpful,
please give us a thumbs up! It does help ratings and when you give us a thumbs up or give a
video a thumbs up, it helps other people to find my videos and the more people that find
my videos, the more videos that I can make to help you all learn how to garden just a
little bit more effectively and save money at the same time. God bless you all and thanks for watching. [End of Audio]

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