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So today I have just finished putting together what one night call a ‘horizonal soil system’ as discussed by Leighton from FCP, similar system to what @Spartangrown uses also for his living soil system.

I’ll use an IKEA style numbered pictures to guide you so it’s more fun for you than my overly-long sentences 😉

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(cut love heart shaped hole at height of desired reservoir overflow level.... do not cut holes in bottom of pot)

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Washed clay pebbles at bottom

 

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reuse old fabric pot as soil holder

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add watering pipe to enable bottom reservoir refilling 

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 Next layer is sharp sand

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Add new 50L bag of organic compost 

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And mix in 50L of used soil from last run

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Add these for worm and micro organism-orgasm power 😉

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Add vermicompost and vermicomposters

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Mix and level surface  

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fill reservoir 

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Add plant

in this case I will be growing cucumbers in my conservatory and training up along the the curtain rail above the lounge/ conservatory  door way to create a ‘curtain of cucumbers’. 

Have done this last few years but not in this pot style system ..

Will update as/ if things progress. 

hope this is of interest to some 

anyone else using such a system? 

Would like to use this in my grow some point to allow ease of watering / breaks away/ less f gnats from bottom watering etc 

happy growing y’all 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to pop some more beans 😗

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I see the potential in this Chillbert but definitely too large in my little tent. Gonna bookmark this tho, things change and you never know what the future brings

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Nice set up mate, very interesting video where he sets it up for peter on FCP didn’t know that’s how Spartan has his grow has he got a post on here about it? Fancy trying this myself 👊💛✌️ 

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@3plantspete

what I’ve done is tweaked both Leighton’s and Spartans a little.. 

you can see Spartans on his own utube or my cheap homegrow channel or many similar bottom watering sets ups in general gardening channels on utube also 

This system will work with any size pot as bottom reservoir pots have been sold in gardening centres for years. Bigger pots means bigger reservoirs so can go longer between waterings.

good luck and have fun with it bro 

 

Time to pop some more beans 😗

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You've peaked my interest chillbert👍look forward to watching this

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@chillbert i like. may have to give this ago on my next large pot addition.


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Day 14 update

just to show how cucumber is climbing so far...  

also added a lettuce and have some basil and mint to add in too

Enough room left for a small stealth auto maybe ?? What’d ya recon? 

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Time to pop some more beans 😗

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@chillbert I reckon you’ll get an auto in there mate but I’m always over filling things! ✌️

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Update:

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So all going well. Cucumbers are forming from every flower as this a a fem-type cucumber 

Fun Fact:

#did you know the idea for feminised cannabis seeds originally came from the Dutch cucumber breeders ! 

I have sunk an auto (northern lights ) still in its 9cm pot with corriander to intentionally restrict root growth and therefore size as this is just a novelty grow and not worth taking big risks where I am situated..

I hope to eventually train the cucumber along the curtain pole over the entrance to the conservatory making a nicely framed picture as I’ve done previous years to good effect 

will post first harvest pic in around 3 weeks I think 🤔 

happy growing all

thanks for stopping by 

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@chillbert looking good man is this the bottom chugger? How often are you watering? Do you just keep filling the tube up? Thinking of changing my set up  and trying to decide on watering systems 👊✌️

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@3plantspete hi bro

yes this is bottom fed via inbuilt reservoir... 

i top water first week or 2 to get the plants bedded in and roots settled.

i have an overflow hole about 4" up from the bottom (top of the res area) so water whenever really, if it overflows i know its full and good for a week or more.

as the plants grow and im getting abundance of cucumbers ill be just keeping the res topped up.

if i were to go away a few days, i'll fill the res and soak the soil if the temps were gonna be high.. that'll last over a week in mid-summer i recon.

You can also shine a torch down the pipe to see if water is there still lol this is an easy way to see if water is run out or not lol

 

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Loving this! Really nice.

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So the cucumber has now reached half way across the curtain rail.

have harvested and eaten 3 cucumbers so far.. they are a small kind with pale skin and taste delicious! No buying cucumbers now til October hopefully!

Have done a ‘chop and drop’ with some of the cover crops as a mulch and there’s half an avocado under there too for the worms 🪱 to party in 😉

The auto I planted is still there but stunted in her 3” cup buried in the soil and nothing more than a couple of small leaves lol 

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She too will likely become mulch soon as I don’t fancy growing the smallest bud of all time in the longest amount of time lol 😂 

The watering works great and is very easy to top up so don’t have to water for a few days..

I do water from top soil every few days as well.. more to allow moisture at the surface and stop it becoming too dry for some of the herbs with less deep roots.

Will update when she’s made it across the other side of the room and hopefully displaying a cucumber curtain in full glory 👌

happy growing your greens all 🥬 

Time to pop some more beans 😗

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So the cucumber has now reached half way across the curtain rail

Who needs curtains anyway LoL  

Very impressed with your menagerie of organics Chilli...looks awesome

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Cucumber curtain in effect .. starting to look like a proper cucumber curtain now… should get better over the next weeks before going past its best but still will spit out cucumbers til September or October if I can keep plant health up.. 

Time to pop some more beans 😗

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