Alternative Gardening: gessieviolet picture (Five gallon bucket system...)
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Linda, I thought about plastic also, but have no idea where it can be found. I am experimenting with Molamola's suggestion of the colander as the base. It is the easiest construction possible. A 7qt plastic colander ($1) with the solid rim cut off fits exactly into a 5 gallon pickle bucket. The domed shape allows the soil on the sides (holes already on the sides) of the colander to act as wicking. Ii have to see if this allows too much water in plant portion of bucket. All I had to cut hole wise was the hole for the fill pipe and the overflow hole in the bucket. I did put a plastic straw through the bucket hole and a colander hole to keep it open for sure. Since the colander is 7 qt capacity a gallon + fills the reservoir. I put overflow at gallon level so water will be well below top of water platform. We'll see what happens, this may be the way to go. It's fast, easy, and not at all expensive.