Self watering system for bucket growing
Posted 03 May 2019 - 10:45 PM
Posted 03 May 2019 - 11:58 PM
Have you tried googling "self watering 5 gallon bucket?" There's a lot of info out there on building a DIY 5g bucket self-watering system. I totally understand wanting to hear from someone who's done it before - and hopefully someone will chime in - but you might find some good ideas just trying that. If I'd ever built one myself I'd share my thoughts, but...¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Posted 04 May 2019 - 01:39 AM
On-topic: I second the autopot suggestion, being a happy user myself, but otherwise a simple float valve system should do the job, with each nutrient bucket having a valve and being connected to a main supply tank. CaneDog's suggestion should be a very good starting point
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Posted 04 May 2019 - 06:37 AM
Drip irrigation on a timer.
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Posted 04 May 2019 - 04:37 PM
I have found several DIY vids here and on YouTube, going through the steps of assembly of the 5-gal self-watering setup. They do work great while you are out for a week or so, but they still need to be replenished. During wetter months, I found I had over-watering issues due to summer monsoon rainstorms. Your mileage may vary. I have also found some more aesthetic 7-gal. self-watering pots at HD recently, which seem to be working OK. My wife hasn't noticed or complained as much as she has with the freaky orange bucket thing on the other side of the house. (Please don't tip her off...). Hide in plain sight.
Posted 04 May 2019 - 10:53 PM
U would get a pressure regulator maybe 5psi, a timer and just zip tie the hose to it, and set it to run for 1 minute every few days. You can get this set up for less than $20.
Edited by Hawkins, 04 May 2019 - 10:54 PM.
Posted 30 May 2019 - 04:55 PM
Before going crazy with peppers, I had the same worry with my curry leaf plant so I bought the following:
For <$50 you have a timer and all the fixings to manage a whole lot of containers. I started with just one and now have three of these timers around the house. Just set it to go off at 5am for an hour every 2-3 days and you're all set.
If you're gonna be gone for no more than a week or your weather doesn't get really hot then you can probably get away with one of these watering spikes:
They're a cheap single plant solution but get expensive and annoying when you have 20 plants!
Posted 08 June 2019 - 05:04 PM
Lots of variations out there, so you have the luxury of time to plan. Good luck.
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