This system allows you to grow your plants by watering with a lot of water at one time, then not watering at all. The top tier is where the soil is and this is where the plants grow. You water this until the bottom reservoir is full from the water dripping through the holes. Over time, the bottom reservoir will slowly deliver water to the top part, watering the plants.
Note: The felt can only deliver water when it is already wet. You must water the top part until the bottom is full.
Step 1: Gather the Build Supplies
In order to build the system you need:
- 2 of the same container, preferably clear.
- 1 lid for the container
- Duct tape
- Drill bit
- Safety glasses
- X-Acto knife
Note: In the pictures there is a screwdriver, a hammer, and a pair of scissors I did not use. I ended up using the drill to pierce the holes rather than a hammer and screwdriver. I also found that the green scissors were really bad at cutting felt, so I instead used the metal sewing scissors.Contai
Step 2: Drill the Holes
One of the containers does not need any holes. For the other one you need to cut a slit on the end of it for the felt using the X-Acto knife. Make a matching slit on the lid. Put the lid onto the not cut container ant tape the cut container on top, matching up the slits. Using the drill, drill 3 drainage holes onto the cut lid and base. If any of it cracks tape it with duct tape to stop the cracks from spreading.
Step 3: Put on the Felt
Cut the felt skinny enough to fit through the slits and long enough to go on the bottom of the not cut container, through the lid, and onto the bottom of the cut container. Put the felt through the slits in the manner described.
Step 4: Gather the Planting Supplies
You will need:
- The system
- Potting soil
Step 5: Plant the Seeds
Put the soil down in the top container, leaving some aside to put on top of the seeds. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil. Add more soil on top. Add water until the bottom is full.
Note: I tested this first so my bottom reservoir is already almost full.
Step 6: Wait and Water As Neccassary
Wait for your seeds to sprout. If you notice the reservoir is low, water the plants.
Participated in the
Low Water Gardening Challenge 2016
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Maker Olympics Contest 2016