Introduction: Wick Watering System

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I've recently installed a vertical herb garden in my house and had some problem watering my plants, doing some research I found that a wick watering system is a way in which my plants don't run out of water and don't get excess water, basically they get the right amount of water they need.

With basic materials and tools, some simple instructions you will have your very own wick watering system in no time and get rid of any fuss about watering your plants.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

For this project you will need the following materials and tools:

  • Container for your water (I reused a Milk Jug I had)
  • Skewer
  • Weight (I used a rock)
  • Cotton String
  • Marker
  • Scissors8C
  • Something to make a hole (Not pictured, I used a drill)

These are the materials I used, but you can easily adapt the materials for your case, what is essential is the wick (Cotton String) and somewhere to hold the water that's going to be used by your plants, gravity and your plants will do all the work for you.

Step 2: Preparation

The preparation I had to do was basically drill the hole on the Milk Jugs's cap and cut and tie all my string.

I used one long strand of string and tied multiple short strands to the initial strand so all my plants get water from the same strand of string, you could have one individual strand for each plant or adapt this system as you wish.

To the end of the string that will be submerged in water I added a weight so it will always be in contact with water.

Step 3: Setup and Finished System

The setup is quite simple.

Wet all your string and then using the skewer put each end of string in your plants soil, finally fill your container with water and your plants will be happily watered. In the pictures you can see all my herbs and how the string is in each of their compartments.

That's it! A very simple system that will lower your watering time to a minimum. If you make your own system I would love to see how you adapt it to your plants, any feedback is welcome so I can continue improving each of my Ibles for you.

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