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Old June 24, 2017   #1
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Don't laugh this is my first try at making one of these and I hope you will be gentle and let me know what you think... would you change anything or go with it???

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Looks great to me. Just add some tiny pebbles in the bottom of your wicking cup to help hold the potting mix in. That should do a great job and it looks awesome.

Oh wait, are there any holes in your green wicking cup? I can't see if there are any. If the answer is no then you need to put a lot of holes in the sides and a few in the bottom to allow the water to wick into the potting mix you add to it.

Also, I don't see a side view of the bucket. Did you drill overflow holes in the side of your water reservoir bucket? You don't want that water to reach your upper chamber that holds your mix in it.
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Sorry about not showing more pics Rockporter, and the answer to both questions is yep...

there are 2 holes one on each side right below where the top bucket ends...



and there are a bunch of holes in the wicking cup... should they be bigger holes??

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Thanks for the pics. Not bigger holes, but more holes in the green cup. You want that water to be very available to the mix in the cup to keep it wicking.
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When you fill the cup with mix, put the pebbles in to cover the bottom about 1/2" or so. Then fill the cup with the mix-somewhat packing but not overly packing it in. Then put the top bucket back into the bottom bucket so the cup is in the filled reservoir and see if the mix wicks the water up. Time it, make sure you get a good wicking on it. Then you can fill the pot with the rest of the mix and cover it with plastic. Let it sit overnight and see that all of your mix has been wicking and moist.
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Old June 26, 2017   #6
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I made 5 of these several years ago - I followed a video two teens made on You Tube.
I think they work really well, I've grown dwarf tomatoes and peppers in them. The last several years I have settled on just peppers - They seem to do best for me here in Mississippi.
The photo attached is from 2015 - I have the Global buckets and Earth Boxes.
Your fabrication looks top notch - enjoy!
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