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How to set up a self-watering system

Overview

Returning home to discover dead or wilting plants is not the ideal end to a holiday. With a little forethought you can ensure your plants are kept well-watered while you're away, without being overly reliant on obliging friends or neighbours.

Follow our simple guide to setting up a self-watering system, below.


How to do it

1

Set up a flat tray over a container of water and cover in capillary matting. Add a piece of matting, which will function as a wick, drawing up water from the reservoir below.


2

Fill the water reservoir right up to its brim and thoroughly wet the matting.


3

Put pots on the surface, pressing them down so the pot's draining holes are in contact with the matting. Ideally, ask a friend or neighbour to top up the reservoir from time to time.




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Rossie2 08/08/2014 at 13:42

Make sure the soil in the pots is wet and cut a thin 'wick' from the matting and insert in through the hole in the bottom of the pot to make take up of water easier.