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    Default autowatering for soil grow

    What you need:

    2 metres of flexy 13mm piping (depending on grow space)

    13mm t-piece
    drippers (up to you which to use and how many are required)
    4mm hole punch and goof plugs
    2 metres soft 4mm piping
    water pump (mj1000 would be best)
    water butt
    timer


    First off work out the length of piping required. You should use about a metre from the pump to the floor of the grow space.

    push the t-piece onto the opposite end to the pump.

    To construct the manifold:

    The next stage depends on how many plants you have as you need to punch holes in the second length of pipe so that each plant has a corresponding punched hole. In each hole you then need to push in a goof plug. (see below)



    Cut the 4mm pipe so that each plant can be reached with a dripper then connect these to the goof plugs. (see below)



    Connect a dripper to each 4mm pipe.

    Now, take the ends of the manifold pipe (as it's called) and connect to the T-piece coming from the pump. (once again see below)



    Place the manifold in the grow space so that all plants can be reached evenly. Now connect the pump up to the timer and fill the reservoir with nutrient solution.

    Your setup should resemble this:



    The next step is a little tricky as you need to test the system to find out the best length of time for the pump to come on, so that all the plants get the required amount of feed. Once you have this worked out, set the timer so that every three days or so it will feed the plants. If you opted for the adjustable drippers then you can also set these to the desired quantity.

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    very nice dude, think i might have to try this out as i keep forgetting to check on my bitches.

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    Cool

    Excellent post/idea asci.

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    Great mate, just remembered I bought a drip irrigation system from wilkos last year for £1 at end of season. Just got to find the thing now

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    Default lettuce rafts

    has anyone tried that lettuce raft systems to any success

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREAT LAKES View Post
    has anyone tried that lettuce raft systems to any success
    I've never heard of it mate, but i would be very interested in hearing anymore info on it if you have it please?

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    I'm not a soil grower myself but would a wick system linked to the bottom of the pots do a good job...might be useful for people going away on holidays etc? Just a thought.

    PS: Could always cover the top of the soil with mylar too to stop surface from drying out too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keshman View Post
    I'm not a soil grower myself but would a wick system linked to the bottom of the pots do a good job...might be useful for people going away on holidays etc? Just a thought.

    PS: Could always cover the top of the soil with mylar too to stop surface from drying out too.
    I think thats us basically on a hydroponics system, I don't think soil wicks water too well. you need to add other stuff to it, not 100% tbh :S
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    A cheap way of doing it is to stick a bowl of water above the soil level and dangle a piece of string (or 2-3) from the bowl to the soil. The water only moves down the string if it's touching dry soil. Probably wouldn't be a good idea with all that electricty in the grow room, unless you could guarentee no spillage.

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    Can anyone help me out with what the best method for this might be? :S
    Will be at home over xmas for a couple of weeks, and the plants are going to have to stay here.

    Does that bowl of water + string thing really sort the plants out enough water? And whats this whole lettuce raft thing?

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    I have begun to use Autopots, no leccy no pumps just gravity, with reservoirs from 30lt to 220lt though I've adapted a wheelie bin for my res. Then it's just cabbeling for the lights fans and extracter/filter. Piece of piss, must be cause it works for me and I'm a moron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5skins View Post
    Piece of piss, must be cause it works for me and I'm a moron.


    shame this guy got banned, he cracked me up a lot with his one liners.

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    Question Can anyone help me out?

    I heard when you cut the bottom leafs, dead or sometimes even living.. That it will give the top more energy and help the top grow moree.. But I was wondering will it use energy to try and grow the leafs on the bottom back? Or will they just stay gone
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    You can buy cheap solar panel pond pump kits. If you use this in conjunction with the irrigation plumbing (drip/bleed method) the plants will be watered when your lights come on. Hence the solar cell will activate, power the pump, hey presto we have an automated ecologically sound watering system.

    search " solar power pond pumps " on ebay for a reasonable deal.

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    I had some space on my Wilma system and had 2 x soil grows (Rocklock) which I placed into the Wilma and spiked with the flood spikes until I had room in another tent, I must admit that my plants grow quickly (faster than normaly) because my Wilma is set to feed every 4 hours for 20 minutes at a time. Has anyone else ever auto fed there soil grows using a Wilma system and did you ever see good gains in plant mass and height...?

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    I built something similar to this ready for my next grow but mine is manually operated instead of timer based.
    Fantastic idea and very labour saving.

    I got fed up of sharing water from a 50 litre bin amongst my plants using a wilko kitchen jug by hand lol.

    This method also helps to maintain a regular water / feed schedule and makes mixing and delivering feeds waaay more easier!

    During my last grow, towards the end, I got so fed up of watering by hand, I just started getting the hose pipe out beacuse getting to water them with a jug was a nightmare.
    I didn't like watering them with cold water straight from the tap but it was either that or they died from thirst or damage to the plant when trying to water with a jug.

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    I also had an idea about auto watering system.I think this is great for it.

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    http://www.podington.co.uk/automatic...ering-kit.html

    Saw this in B and Q the other week thought it actually seemed quite a good idea it's a bit like an bodge it watering system I set up ages ago.

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    Very useful info l

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    Stop bringing up all these old threads with the same comment, if you want to get your post count up at least post something useful.

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