To save space, time and effort, today’s busy gardener is turning to container gardening. Growing your plants in containers really does make a lot of sense.

There is less mess created than in conventional gardening. No dirty, wet, soil to track into carpets and rugs.

You can change the look of your garden easily and quickly just by re- arranging the containers. Move them from one tray to another, stack trays to create interesting effects and so on.

Grow flowers and food crops in small spaces, all the year round

And, best of all, NO WEEDING!

There are several types of hydroponic system that use the container gardening principle. It is possible to grow plants in pots using a simple wick system for example. This is probably the simplest method of hydroponic growing. The plants are potted in a suitable medium or mix, and placed on a table or stand. A piece of material, running between the potting medium and a nutrient supply, is used as a wick.

The example shown below is a fairly sophisticated, purpose designed, 4 pot table, made & marketed by Ikon International.Another container gardening method is to use a continuous flow system with net pots sat in suitable sized holes in the channel covers. The plants can be started with the nutrient level high enough to just bathe the roots. As the plant grows, the nutrient level can be adjusted to keep pace with the root growth. When the plant is mature enough to reach the normal fluid level for the table being used, the system reverts to normal usage.The AutoPot container gardening system uses a SmartValve. This valve is built into a pot holder and delivers nutrient to the plant via a reservoir.

The single pot holder can be replaced with a SmartTray which holds several pots. It is possible to combine differing shapes and sizes of container in the one tray. This, of course, adds to the flexibility of the system.

Container gardening using the AutoPot, CapPlus, capillary table gives complete flexibility. This table consists of a surface with a channel running along its length. The channel is fed by a SmartValve, which controls the depth of nutrient. Nutrient film membrane or spreader matting is spread over the surface of the table. The edge of the matting is turned down into bottom of the channel so as to act as a wick. The potted plants are then placed on the matting covered surface. The spreader mat must be pre moistened before use. As the plants use the nutrient from the matting so the capillary effect draws more nutrient to the surface. The SmartValve regulates the supply.

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