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Using $5 terracotta wine coolers from the local op shop. Place rubber band to hold the shadecloth in place. Use re-used polypropylene bailing twine to fix the shadecloth. Note the Girl Guide-inspired reef knot ;-)

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Comment by Dave Riley on July 11, 2017 at 0:14

No, it's not about seeing through it -- you don't want that. It's about seeing the water well up when the vessel fills -- like water in a plastic bag. It sits below the cloth like the water level see-through ice. Once you start the system, you'll see what I mean. Otherwise you are allowing water to overflow unnecessarily.

It's pretty intuitive after a while as to what you want.

I now use 3 layers of shade cloth cut into circles. The bottom one hangs over the rim The second sits within the circumference and the third (the widest) overhangs and is pegged to the ground. Mind you, these are historical cuts as I've been experimenting, but after using one layer I decided I was still getting too much evaporation in my 21 cm pots. So I added another...and then another. But the water stream still gets through.

The weave on these shade cloths stretch and soften with weathering. Afterall, they are buried in the ground. I used any ole off cuts I had  before a friend gave me the red construction cloth.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 10, 2017 at 22:47

This 90pc heavy-duty shadecloth is too dense to see through; just have to see how it goes.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 9, 2017 at 9:09

Hmm, have to keep my eye on that. The shadecloth is very thick and stiff and so far, it's as flat as I can get it.

Comment by Dave Riley on July 9, 2017 at 8:52

Tip: if possible pull together a flat surface on top with the cloth lid so you can see the water pool underneath. Visual markers like that and the sound of the vessel filling make more efficient watering time.If there is slack,and the cloth sags, the cane toads sit on the depression to partake of their daily water ingress.


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