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Has anyone used old carpet as a soil/gravel separator and wicking layer? Plenty of used carpet at carpet stores if you ask them to save it for you.
Hamish121212 post=337064 wrote: Has anyone used old carpet as a soil/gravel separator and wicking layer? Plenty of used carpet at carpet stores if you ask them to save it for you.
Any nasties in carpet? Or am I just too suspicious nowadays?
I wouldn’t be using old carpet for anything 🙁
I am actually trying rolled up newspaper as my wick. About 4 green guides rolled up and spread around. I know it will break down but it won’t go anywhere, its fibres will remain. Its an experiment after all.
Anybody looked into the SIP methods? (Sub Irrigation Planters)
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Wez post=337150 wrote: Anybody looked into the SIP methods? (Sub Irrigation Planters)
Can you tell us a bit about it please.
It’s a type of wicking system but instead of a medium to hold water you use some sort of container to hold more water. I’m building one in bed form. I’ll try & post some photos when done.
For example a small version would be pierced empty plastic drink bottles or 2litre milk bottles in the bottom of a plastic box.Growing soil/mix can go straight on top.Still have a fill pipe going into one of the bottles and a top drainage pipe as in standard wicking beds.Very good for balcony set ups.Lots to think about.
Heres a few pages of how I constructed the wicking beds in the new place
Also look at second last page for latest photo