Wicking Pots

here they are my wicking pots greetings youtubers I am Rick the tech enthusiast here and this time I have a request to create a video on my wicking pots and how they go together why a wicking pot well first it has a large reservoir of water or nutrients available for the plants the wicking action will help keep the soil stay moist but not wet and not watering from above reduces the chance of fungus or disease my tomato plants really love it I made these about 2 or 3 years ago using a large classic round bins I got from Lowe's and to medium classic round bins I got from Target they're nice with rope handles and have a slight taper from top to bottom I started by cutting 1/2 inch PVC conduit about 4 or 5 inches in length and cutting and 1 and 1/4 inch PVC pipe about 18 inches long after deciding where and at what level the drain or overflow pipe should be I drilled a 3/4 inch hole on the side of the plastic bin unfortunately this was too small and I had to use a dremel to make the hole bigger perhaps you may want to experiment a little with this or try a 7/8 inch hole because after the 3/4 inch grommet is inserted into the hole the 1/2 inch PVC conduit these be inserted into the grommet and the grommet needs to expand I also use a little soap and water to help force it in inserting it about half way to keep the bugs out I added a 90 degree elbow on the end with a custom bug blocker I made a bug blocker by cutting off to about 8 inch slices from a 1/2 inch PVC conduit I cut a screen mesh and glued the two slices together with a mesh sandwiched in the middle I trimmed off the extra bits with a sharp knife and that worked for about a year the next year I established a little we block and use a little more PVC cement and that seemed to do the trick above the drain pipe and the edge of the grommet will be the level of the bottom plastic sheet i fashioned this false bottom using a sheet of PVC plastic that I purchased from Amazon and I use a router to make it round I made several attempts checking the fit before continuing then I traced the four inch conduit around the center in pencil and the one in a quarter inch conduit threaded fitting near the edge and then concentric rings around the center I use the Rings as a guide to drill a bunch of 3/16 inch holes for drainage the center holes cut to fit the 4 inch PVC conduit and the smaller hole is to fit the ancient quarter threaded male the female fitting and I made sure that hole was smaller and a little snug so I could thread it on I then cut a square piece of weed block material bigger than the false bottom and I cut out the holes match the four inch conduit is cut about an inch or so longer than from where the false bottom rests to the bottom of the plastic bin I marked that location for future reference after I was happy with the length I cut a few notches in the bottom and holes in the sides making sure they're well below the fault bottom level what's not shown is I also purchased a 4h coupling and cut to 3/8 to 1/2 inch rings from each side of that coupling this gave me the four rings I needed for the two pots to assemble the pot the modified 4-inch conduit is inserted into the false bottom one of the rings made from the coupling that has square sides is added to the bottom this one will be tighter than the other and will support the weight of the false bottom then the weed block goes on top and I align the holes it's easier to place what's assembled so far into the plastic bin keep the small hole rotated just off to either side of the drainpipe otherwise the drainpipe will interfere with the conduit fitting next fit the 1 1/4 inch PVC conduit into the fitting I've included a cap to keep bugs out this will be the fill to screw in the fill tube hand tight into the false bottom making sure that the we block hasn't moved now for the wick here I use a four inch drain sleeve or drain sock I was able to find a small roll at Home Depot I cut a length about five inches longer than the modified four inch pipe I cut earlier a knot is tied at one end and placed knot first into the conduit opening push most of it down once you pack the sock with soil it will need the extra material to expand layer the sock over the top part of the conduit and add the other ring with a rounded inside edge down this will make it easier now it's ready for the soil carefully add your favorite mix into the socket area first tack down the soil into the sock repeat this until it's filled continue to carefully pile potting mix as a mound in the center now slowly spread the soil to the edges of the interior try not to get the soil under or behind the weed block keep repeating until the pot is filled I like to fill mine until about an inch or half an inch from the top the soil will settle soon after you water it or after a rainstorm now it's ready for plants as you see I have the drain and fill tube towards the front of the pot if you don't like the height of the fill tube you can change it well next year anyhow I hope this inspires you to create your own wicking pot if you like this video be sure to let me know in the comments section below and don't forget to rate and subscribe thanks and see you next time