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indoor gardening advice wanted 

I'm planning my on a small south-facing glassed balcony, essentially a greenhouse. It will likely get a dry and arid climate during summer so I'm looking at low maintenance irrigation techniques. Anyone have experience with buried clay pots or ollas?

(image from Gardening With Less Water by David Bainbridge)

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indoor gardening advice wanted 

@rra @plants we keep a sour cherry tree and a hedgerow on the second floor and use this system with ceramic carrots and a water source high up blumat.com/tropf/das-tropf-blu

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@wendy @plants what are ceramic carrots? I don't really like the look of drip type systems with many tubes

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@rra @plants hey, the ceramic blumat carrots are first saturated with water, together with the earth of your plants. The moisture level is even and 'calibrated'. The dry earth "sucks" the water towards it, thus re-establishing the moisture balance.

We have a system with tubes, and it's drip irrigation which is what plants prefer, big time, over huge amounts of water all at once. We have a big barrel on a height, which means we only have one water point to check (1 tree, 2 hedgerows, herbs, wild flowers are all connected)

I think your proposed systems works in a similar way. But instead of triggering the drip irrigation system through the ceramics "sensor", it goes directly into the earth. I think my advice would be: use non glazed ceramic pots, for water to get through better. Try the saturation strategy. Curious to see!

indoor gardening advice wanted 

@rra @plants i hqve not tried the terracotta plant thing though i imagine it will bw effective provided the vessel with water is made our of porous materials, but watering thru wicks seems cheaper and faster to arrange+u would not have a problem with less planter space/roots growing into the water vessel. For wicking all you need to do is take a piece of cotton rope/fabric and put it thru the drainage hole(s) so that most of it is inside the pot but a piece hangs out. Then put the hanging out piece in a water reservoir (preferably level with the pot) and voila, youve made a self watering planter!

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@iamegg i have read about the wicker systems as well. Its an option if I can figure out a way it doesn't look ugly ;)

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@rra @iamegg Did you find any interesting designs for this? I'm interested in doing something similar, also ideally without tubes. I recall seeing one in a book I had from the library here 鈥 it had a long covered trough with holes cut in the top for individual planter pots which hung down but did not touch the bottom. Each pot then had a cloth wick that extended down into the trough which would be automatically or periodically refilled with water (+ maybe fertilizer).

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@praxeology @rra you're describing exactly how half of commercially available self watering works :) add an indicator of how full the water reservoir is and you are golden!

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@praxeology @iamegg this sounds like a nice design for multiple individual pots. I went with a 'wicking bed' design in the end. Large clay pots are too expensive around here.

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@rra @iamegg Cool! Send some pics if you get a chance.

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