DIY Plant watering system


#1

Alright, well I didn’t really know what category to go with so I chose here. I’m planning ,in in the next couple of weeks, to put together a self watering system for my shoulders and back sake. Now my delima is weather or not to use a pump or gravity fed style. I will be using a 5 gallon bucket for my resivior. I’ll have at least one airstone inside maybe 2.

  1. I’ve been looking at going with a pump and running seperate lines to each plant with a t split the use the soaking hose or drip emmiting line in a circle around the plant.
  2. Running a single line with 2 to 3 drippers in each pot.
  3. Getting some blumat 5" catrots and then just getting the rest of the materials to have a truely self watering system.

If I go with 3 is that I’m not sure what all other stuff I would need like the connections and fixtures. If I go with 1 I need to figure out what kind of pump and how big of a pump I need and what is needed to keep it from flooding my room incase power goes out, if that is a concern. This is my first big diy project I’m atempting and I have a few others I want to attempt as well for the future if I can get this handled.

Any input is apriciated I know I’ve talked to a couple of you about it so far, but me forgetting to water for 2 to 3 days and my girls looking sad really got me thinking about the automaton of watering and how it is benificial for me and the plants as well.

The blumat carrots

@Countryboyjvd1971 @Hogmaster
Don’t you guys run the blumats? I thought I was talkingn or reading about it sometime. If so what other hardware would I need. Is just a t-spilt off for each plant at the bucket or inside the tent between the plants? Mostly left seems like like the line you need.

@Driftboat here is the system I built.


#2

Thank you for starting this. I have nerve issues and I wouldn’t mind starting a do-it-yourself system but I wouldn’t even know how to go about it. I’ll eagerly be watching and following. Good luck and enjoy. Thanks for the cool topic!


#3

Hopefully I can get it figures out. Seems like the blumat system would be the easiest and possibly the cheapest. The carrots are 12 bucks a piece amd with shipping its around 32 bucks. With minimal fixtures and lines shouldn’t break the bank. Plus I have plenty of buckets so that’s good.


#4

I’ve been thinking about adding a self water system… I’ll be watch your progress!


#5

I do run them when i and going out of town
I hand water the rest of the time
I am thinking about setting them up on my outdoor grow this summer if I actually do a outdoor grow thats still in the air


#6

Is it just 1/4 or 1/2 inch line that is split and go to each carrot or is it each carrot had it’s own line?


#7

Its a 1-4 inch line that you put a tee in line for each carrot and returns to revisor
Line leaves res goes in a loop rp
Pots install tees at each pot and returns to res
100% gravity feed system @Dieselgrower


#8

So there is an out port and in port for the line? So have the out line you tap into it with a carrot for each plant then return the line to the res?


#9

Thanks Bud, as I can see i’m not the only with body issues, Going to really check this out
Gonna be watching this


#10

This topic I’m very interested in. I’m tired of the watering chore but I love my NFTG and because of that don’t want to go hydro. I wonder if NFTG will clog this system too. Probably heh.


#11

Sorry I’m Old What is NFTG?


#12

Run some bigger line like 1/2 inch


#13

Nectar for the Gods it’s an organic nutrient line :slightly_smiling_face:


#14

@Donaldj so I believe I’ve got most of it planned out. The only part of this that is puzzling me now is when making the hole in the bucket then do i just put the hose in and seal it or use a fitting or some other ingenious way I haven’t thought of yet?
The other big part is the res and good thing I have a few just laying around not doing anything.
Any food grade plastic contsiner will work as long as you can elevate it above the drippers. Since I won’t be using more than 2 plants I’ll be using a 5 gallon bucket. I can easily refill it with my current water jugs (1 gal) when needed. I have at least 1 large airstone that will help keep everything aerated.

I was planning to make or find a way to elevate the bucket to around 2 to 3 feet for gravity fed. Then run 8mm black tubing from res to a y split inside the tent to each carrot. Here is the cart already. May need go somewhere else for a couple of things, but I down graded from 3 dripers to 2. For now 36 dollars isn’t bad for a very nice system from all I’ve read and heard.


#15

I didn’t do anything fancy drilled hole same size as hose fit it through than sealed around it with silicone


#16

I would have to say probably would you can hand feed and auto water @Tylan


#17

Alright thank you my friend. :v:


#18

Well the parts are ordered and I’m just waiting for them to get in. I may order a bulkhead fitting for the bucket. I was also wandering how elevated does it need to be? Just higher than the carrots or how high? So to speak :wink:
Also if I was to go to 7 gallon pot, does anyone know if they will work well with a 7 gallon I may just need to extend a couple more drippers I’m thinking. I’ve emailed the manufacturer amd asked so hope to hear back. I know I can rig up some more drippers if necessary. Just wondering really. I recieved a new drill and it came with a few extras as well a good black and decker seems like anyway. Put it to the test drilling the holes for the airstone and lines in the bucket. I also got a simple black lid for the bucket and a table that sits about 28 inches tall.


#19

think siphoning the higher the source is from where you aim to move it the more pressure it has so higher than carrots or emitters yes


#20

So lets say the carrots are 15" above the ground, so having the resivior 28 inches should do the trick? Also does it make a difference if I put the fitting on the side or from the bottom?