Turn your pots into self-watering ones

After watching this video you will be able to convert all your potted plants into self-watering ones without spending money.

For several years now I have been researching and developing new self-watering pots and this one in particular I know will be very useful to you since you will not have to buy or look for containers without drilling, you will be able to make your self-watering pots similar to WickingBed without having to damage or make holes in the pots you already have, I hope you find this trick useful.

Why self-watering pots?

The objective of self-watering pots, in addition to saving us work, is to take care of the water and optimize the quantities that the plant takes, when it needs it.

Wicking Bed pots are a system devised by Australian engineer Colin Austin. The idea is designed to extract water from a lower reservoir, therefore, the plants absorb it directly through the soil with their roots.

"Wick" in English means "wick." A wick works by capillary action – the same force seen when a piece of paper is partially immersed in a glass of water and the water rises up the paper. Capillary occurs in many materials, cotton, wool, geo-textiles, soil, gravel and even wood. When one end of the wick is saturated and the other end is dry, a moisture gradient is created, which drives water through the wick until the gradient equalizes.

When we water our pots from above, we generally only moisten the surface or the first few centimeters deep, then the water will evaporate quickly with little benefit to the plant and soil microorganisms. Furthermore, it is possible that the land becomes salinized, since with the rapid evaporation of water, the mineral salts dissolved in it will crystallize and concentrate on the surface, salinizing it. On the contrary, if we water too much, water will pass beyond the root zone, and we will not only lose most of the water but also with it valuable soil nutrients that often cause pollution of the river system.

The basic system of Wicking Bed pots consists of creating a barrier so that water does not seep into the deeper layer of soil by digging a hole in the soil and covering it with a plastic sheet or waterproof tarp. Thus, by preventing water from seeping into the soil, it becomes saturated with water and by capillarity this "excess" water rises to the layer where the roots of the vegetables grow, keeping them constantly irrigated.

In the case of cultivating a garden, this technique of self-watering pots by capillarity, in addition to water savings and efficiency, the main advantage is the supply of constant humidity to improve the biology of the soil so that vegetables can grow with high nutrient content.

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