Yes, I do because my soil is better suited to make bricks, instead of a garden. We are increasinginly (as funds allow) making and using self-wicking pots that we learned how to make on the you tube "Gardening with Leon" series. His pots are made from recycled materials, making them cheap enough to make as we go. We originally made rather large pots from old totes, ;but he also gives info on making them 5 gallon pail size (and even smaller in one demonstration). We are in zone 8 very hot & humid all summer, so the water savings alone are reason enough to use them, let alone the superior plants they seem to be turning out. I have even made pots from dollar-tree containers for gifting single plants. The cheaper the better.
Larry is a man after my own heart.
He goes even further than I , using soup and soda cans for his reservoirs.
My recipe is to invert a 3 gallon icing bucket, cut off the rim, cut slots in the bottom,plop it into a 5 gallon bucket,add wicking soil.
For reservoirs in 55 gallon drums, do the same, with a mixture of 5 and 3 gallon buckets.
To have the benefits of a reservoir and still give plants access to the rest of the soil, build a bottomless raised bed, place completed wicking beds inside and fill the rest of the bed with wicking soil.
The bed will draw water from the reservoir and the roots of the plants will be free to dive deep into the earth.
My ground is the same. You couldn’t be more correct in that I bet I could make bricks. I just put my first self water bucket out today. I used 3 coffee cans (plastic) that were 11.3 oz for the wick pot and supports. Cut in half it’s 2.5 so they work great I hope.
posted 4 months ago
I think these SIPs are great. What are the sizes that you use for bottomless ones? I’ve got some cheap 2gal nursery pot and several buckets of different sizes.
I tend to go big if I'm doing bottomless.
I build raised beds rather than use a container.
When I tie 4 pallets together and line them with cardboard, I run into a problem with esthetics, other peoples , not mine.
I am considering dryer drums as an option, as they are cheap and easy to find, voluminous, durable, and recyclable.
Paint is one option for prettying them up, screwing pallet wood around the circumference is another.