This is my new aquaponics system, without a pump! Basically a Wickeing Bed with fish in it.
A Wicking Bed eliminates the need for daily watering through the magic of capillary action (I think).
A basin is filled with water and a planting pot, taller than the basin, is put in it, and filled with soil. The water enters little holes in the bottom of the pot and “wicks up” as needed to keep the soil at a constant moisture level. Moisture loving plants can be planted the pot and watered very infrequently without fear of their drying out.
But the bottom part of the Wicking Bed, the basin, looks a lot like a fish tank, an Aquaponics Tank. So why not put fish in it and see what happens?
So that’s what I did.
True the water in Wicking Bed gets a little brown (from the suspended organic matter) but no more so than in a natural pond and fish live in those.
Expenses so far: about $5.
I’ll keep you posted.