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Wicking Beds

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  • #491224
    Hamish121212Hamish121212
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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.

    #491225
    BlueWrenBlueWren
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    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?

    #491226
    calliecatcalliecat
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    I wouldn’t be using old carpet for anything 🙁

    #491227
    DaylaDayla
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    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.

    Dayla

    #491228
    WezWez
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    Anybody looked into the SIP methods? (Sub Irrigation Planters)

    Bluewren tried to send you msg but for some reason it’s not posting-I’ll try again later

    #491229
    DaylaDayla
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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.

    Dayla

    #491230
    WezWez
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    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.

    #491231
    BlueWrenBlueWren
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    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.

    #491232
    FishfoodFishfood
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    Heres a few pages of how I constructed the wicking beds in the new place

    http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=663&start=2160

    Also look at second last page for latest photo

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