Kinder Gardening – Self Watering Wick

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Thank you to fellow blogger Indoorfarmboy for the great tips and tricks on indoor gardening. My kinders and I created a self watering system for our cucumbers based off of what he had suggested. Here is a glimpse into our wicking experiment…

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We started by putting inch long holes in the bottom of the pots as well as the rubber made lid. Of course I cut the hard plastic along with my hand.

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We used synthetic absorbent clothes from the dollar store as a wick. The cloth goes about half way up the pot and it goes down to the bottom of the reservoir of water.

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My son E had fun filling the pot in with black earth. He was a little concerned about burying the wick but I explained that the wick would suck water up to the plant to keep it alive.

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After the pots were full and the cucumbers were transplanted, we moved them to the window. The kinders and I are now anxiously awaiting for cucumbers to grow. The kinders started these cucumbers from seed so they are almost like their plant babies. We hope the wick self watering system is going to work nicely for us!

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14 thoughts on “Kinder Gardening – Self Watering Wick

  1. That looks perfect–well except for your hand injury–yikes! It’s a simple way to keep plants happy.
    Do you know if the cucumbers that you planted are a greenhouse variety (does not require pollinating) or a garden variety (does require pollination)? If the latter, your plants will produce both male and female flowers. You likely don’t have bees in your classroom so you’ll have to do their job for them. You will want to identify which are the male flowers (they do not have a tiny cucumber behind the flower) and the female flowers (do have a tiny cucumber). Take a bushy and soft artist’s paint brush and dig around in the male flower, then do the same in the female flower. If you don’t pollinate them, you won’t likely get cucumbers. Ideally you’d do it every day (hopefully a job the students would enjoy).

    • I’ve honestly learned so much through this experiment… biggest lesson is to research before planting. It’s a lot of work but fun work. Thank you so much for all of your help. The kiddos will love pretending to be bees and pollinating the plants. Also turns into another lesson about pollination. Knowing myself I likely bought garden variety. I’m going to bring a couple back home to place in my first garden also πŸ™‚

  2. Oh and two things (especially) to begin watch out for.

    1. powdery mildew (looks like white powder on the leaves or stem).

    2. Thrips (tiny insects that are long and very thin). They like to hide on the underside of leaves along veins, and in flowers. You can see if you have any by blowing on the flowers. They move a lot if you blow on them (I understand that they don’t like the carbon dioxide).

    In my (commercial) greenhouse I put out predatory insects at the stage your plants are in now (I use a mite called cucumeris, another called hypoaspis (sp?) and a bug called minute pirate bug aka orius). I’m not sure that you have the resources for putting these out–and there’s other, non-predatory insect ways of dealing with thrips, but just to say that they’re so common that growers spend a lot of money to deal with them before they even show up. There are other problem insects too, but you’d see them without looking for them… with the thrips it might be quite late before you noticed them.

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