Imbued with the thrill of making gardening-do with milk crates, I embraced a notion that entered my head, and tackled wicking.
You may associate 'wicking' with 'wicking beds' but the actual tradition employed a wick -- just like a candle. Up this wick moisture would seep against gravity.
Whether this rig of mine will work or not -- or irrigate too much -- remains to be seen.
Wicking mats are sometimes used for seedlings but I think that maybe they are likely to be too wet and fungal friendly.
My problem is that if and when the seedlings grow -- how do I gently remove the wick to re-use it? And without harming the plant?
That being the plan: a little wick goes a long way.
My seedling trays are the wonderful 40 cell HIKO style tray.
I use them for Vetiver growing but here I'm experimenting with vegetables seedlings.
Once bedded and sown, I suspend the tray --wicks dangling -- over a tray of water.
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