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Re: Small wicking box experiment

Post  boffer on 2/8/2014, 11:49 am

We needed some chard for the soup pot, so the harvest concludes this experiment.

Plants are very healthy. The MM has stayed at a good moisture content from top to bottom.  The roots did eventually work themselves down into the gravel.  I couldn't get a picture that showed it, but the gravel took on a green tint as the water level dropped.




Water Usage Chart:


The MM is nicely damp throughout, and the surface of the MM is staying damp too.

DateScale Reading (inches)
1/130
1/14½
1/15¾
1/16
1/17
1/182
1/19
1/203
1/21
1/224
1/23
1/23  Added 2½ quarts of water which filled the reservoir to the muslin.
1/241
1/25
1/263
1/27
1/28
1/295
1/30
1/312
2/13
2/24
2/3

Conclusion: Using wicks worked great.  My 3 wicks were strips of an old cotton terrycloth hand towel.  I don't know how the wick material or number of wicks influenced the results.






I'm trying one more variable.  From what I've read, a lot of folks used pea gravel in the tub, so I'm going to try that. (no wicks)  I had used crushed rock for my first attempt.




Three chard plants that I had harvested from before transplanting.

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Post  camprn on 2/8/2014, 12:14 pm

This is terrific news. Thanks Boffer! clap you rock 

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Post  sanderson on 2/8/2014, 3:32 pm

Well done!   
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Re: Small wicking box experiment

Post  mschaef on 2/8/2014, 3:42 pm

This is awesome...I love the scientific approach to finding out your answers. Great job!!!
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Post  plantoid on 2/8/2014, 4:07 pm

Thoughts ....
The crushed rock was impervious ie. it won't or don't soak up water . Certain pea gravels won't be so clever either. Granite or basalt  rock are common impervious rocks .
 
Now if it were first fired broken clay pots you'd have an ideal wick , crushed & broken fired clay house bricks might be ok as well so long at it is not the impervious very dense engineering brick , crushed concrete pavements or pavers blocks may be ok so long as they are not water resistant .

I suppose you could use any gravel around a nylon sock filled with pure vermiculite & take the sock from the bottom of the container up into the top two inches of MM etc. that would make a fantastic wick ..
Wash the socks first and rinse them several times in warm clean water to remove all traces of detergent /bio action cleaners .
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Re: Small wicking box experiment

Post  boffer on 2/17/2014, 9:15 pm

No use dragging this out.  The MM is nearly dry, and the plants are starting to look stressed.





Water Usage Chart:

DateScale Reading (inches)
2/30
2/4½
2/5¾
2/6
2/7
2/8
2/9
2/103
2/113
2/123
2/13
2/14
2/16
2/17

Conclusion:  The pea gravel didn't work either.  Don't make a wicking box without a wick!   Razz
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Post  camprn on 2/17/2014, 9:19 pm

@boffer wrote:No use dragging this out.

Conclusion:  The pea gravel didn't work either.  Don't make a wicking box without a wick!   Razz

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Post  sanderson on 2/17/2014, 11:47 pm

Sort of like planting without seeds!  rofl 
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Re: Small wicking box experiment

Post  torpedos on 2/19/2014, 8:03 am

i did a few, on one i used a sock to about 8 inches up.  on the other i used a 4 inch pot in the bottom to reach down into the wáter below, but i added a rope to extend the extra inch to reach the bottom and absorb the wáter some more. i did it with a few goji berries. at the time they are dormant, but i would get pics one i get some fruit.
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