Monday, May 25, 2009

Start of a new growing season

I learned a lot last year on using the Autopots hydroponics system. One of the challenges I want to find a solution to is standing water in the pots after a heavy rain. The basins need a way to drain.

Yesterday, I went to the hardware store and picked up a spigot, but after looking at the depth of the basin, I don't think it's going to work. I'll have some time to figure this out while the plants are still small. I'll be able to remove the plants from the water basins for several weeks (until the plants get too big).

7 comments:

Lorraine said...

I'm a big fan of the smart valves as well. the only thing I've found - and it's worked quite well is to simply cover the pot top with clipped on hydroponic grade plastic to keep as much of the rain out as possible. I also got very lucky with some of my gardens and situated them where they got sun but were sheltered from the rain.
Lorraine
http://www.magicherbgarden.com

Steve said...

I recently started growing a tomato plant in a 15 liter autopot. I am considering purchasing standard size autopots. How did the roots look in your pots at the end of the last growing season? Did it seem like a bigger pot would have been better? Thanks.

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