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    Self watering recirculating pot for outside

    Going on vacation soon and was not sure what to do with the pot I have setup outside.
    The pot initially started as something suggested on here but instead of the elaborate connection for the overflow it had a tube that I fastened to the pot itself and used to “regulate” water level.


    Paul Milauskas ( @GrowinOld ) posted this some time ago:


    So with a little addon the watering problem could easily be solved.
    A solar pump was fixed within the second slightly smaller container that will serve as a water reservoir (holds about 3gal) and a base for the top pot.


    I used the aluminum tape to hold both the wire from the solar cell and the tubing from the pump. This might potentially present a problem with aluminum contaminating the water. I plan on checking the TDS periodically and replacing water often.

    After that the top pot just sits on the reservoir and the drain from the top is fed back into the reservoir.


    Three bubblers are used to try and evenly-ish water the soil in the pot. The pump in this setup is not very strong so the tops were removed from each bubbler.


    And this is how the entire thing looks like:


    Video of the pump in action:


    Sorry for the phone camera images.
    Last edited by gill_za; 05-14-2016 at 08:35 AM.

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    Very nice. Do you have the water flow set on a timer (intermittent on/off) or is it flowing all the time?

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    Nothing elaborate. Continuous flow. It is not a very strong flow either. I'll record a video of it in action and will post it here.
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    I like it, wish I had done something similar for the bog. Keeping the bog, pools, and trays watered when away for more than a few days at a time can be very challenging when relying on non-CP people to keep up with it.

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    Nice work. By the way, your phone camera is better than my actual camera.
    The profile pic that you see above is my actual photo. I am a hyper-intelligent snake that has learned to use the internet and I will eventually rule you all.

    Just kidding..... Or am I?

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    I have been returning late home lately and by that time the sun is behind the trees. The pump only runs under direct sunlight. After about a week the TDS so far is only 10ppm. We are expecting rain tomorrow so I doubt I will be able to make a recording showing it run I'm actually pleasantly surprised the solar panel or even the whole setup hasn't been stolen yet hehe
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    How insecure is your backyard?
    The profile pic that you see above is my actual photo. I am a hyper-intelligent snake that has learned to use the internet and I will eventually rule you all.

    Just kidding..... Or am I?

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    Completely insecure as I live in a condo and don't have a backyard I do have some questionable characters for neighbors hehe and disappearing packages are not out of ordinary here.

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