I'm trying to figure out how I could turn this
. While keeping it thrifty.
edit: Damn, I just figured it out! Thanks guys!
I'll try to explain without resorting to the scanner which is all the way on the other side of right over there...
I'd already figured that for the wick, another "cloth bag" type thing should be used. In other words, the cloth container is extended by cutting a medium sized hole in the bottom, inserting something like a smaller cloth bag, and filling both of these with dirt. They'd need to be held together somehow of course. They could be roughly sewn together, and then as long as they weren't being carried about the weight of the soil would hold them together if the upper rim of the smaller cloth bag was big enough and overlapped the base of the larger cloth bag.
Then, that should be rested on top of a disk (plastic, pvc, wood?) with a hole in the middle, through which the smaller cloth bag would sit.
Then, that disk would be rested on top of a container to hold the water, which was also of the same height as the smaller cloth bag, the base of which would rest on this container's floor. Meanwhile, instead of installing a pipe, just cut a hole in the lip of the container that is big enough for your hose or watering can tip. This will serve both as the entrance for water, and the exit for overflow.
Conceivably this could be done with those big white industrial buckets, you know the type? Then the lid could function as the disk. But the bucket would, realistically, have to be cut to 1/3 its height, and the watering hole would have to be cut. For that I'd have to, you know, ask for some favors.
But it's thrifty! It really is!
In the short term--that is to say, this year--I might just use that method where you take a soda bottle with cap on tightly, turn it upside down, cut off the bottom so that it forms a kinda v-shaped bottle, and poke leaky holes just above the cap... then you bury it in there with the plant and fill that with water so that it slowly drip-waters your plant. This would work best while the plant is still a little too small for the container.
Mainly I'm thinking about this because our summers have a short but intensely dry period, like California's longer one... and that's when a lot of my plants, especially the thirsty ones, give up and don't quite die but really go bleh. And then these cloth containers are supposed to be a bit dryer than regular containers. We'll even be away for the first dry month, and B will be watering--he doesn't do it too frequently. And I'm thinking about getting some new plants.
This is giving me hope! I could even grow tomatoes, this way!
edit again: The downside is that one would *have* to keep up this system even during the rainy season, minus the water of course, once the second bag was installed. Heck, that could be the use for the piece leftover from the top of the bucket... and then it would still keep the planter off the ground. Or else you could use the bottom bucket to harvest leached nutrients, if you felt like emptying it once a week in the rain.