Gardening is becoming more and more popular in the United States. The First Ladies are known to have been very fond of maintaining gardens on the grounds of the White House. Gardening is being seen as a viable profession nowadays. If you are a casual gardening enthusiast or a professional the issue of water, conservation is always present in gardening. You can set up your garden to actually water itself if you know what to do! This is all possible by something called, capillary action.
Capillary action is as property of water. Water has this tendency to seep upwards through certain materials. It is how the leaves at the top of a tree get water that the roots at the very bottom are exposed to. The same thing happens through paper towels for example. It happens very slowly but constantly.
- If you can properly set up a system that utilizes this principal of water, you can provide your plants with a self-watering system. This system would only need refilling at the primary source of water and then the system would take care of making sure that the plants have a constant supply of water delivered to them slowly.
- You are not the first person to decide to use this kind of system so do not worry, you are not being forced to invent a system from scratch. Thankfully people have already done this and one way they have built their systems are by using wicks. Wicks will serve as the in-between from the water source to the plant itself.
- There are several kinds of wicks but the main difference is just the material that they are made from. They still all serve the same purpose of being the in-between from water to plant. A very popular wick is the soil wick, which is basically what it sounds like, a wick made from compacted soil. One end of the soil wick is in the water reservoir and the other goes to the bottom of the plant pot. When the water gets to the pot, the plant does the rest. Other examples of commonly used wicks are mostly made from man-made material such as nylon or polyester. These are used exactly the same as the soil wick. No matter what kind of wick you eventually decide to use, the wick must be wet if you expect it to work. It being wet stimulates the water to travel to the pot via capillary action.
- Observe the surrounds of the plant. Pay close attention to the amount of sunlight the plants are exposed to. The more light present, the more water the plants will need to survive. Adjust your watering system accordingly.
This wick based system is just one of the numerous ways you can use to water your plants. Since you arrived at this article it shows that you really are interested in finding out ways to take care of your plants. Do more research and you are bound to find countless gems of information on the Internet about what to do with regards to your gardening.