Things to remember:
1. Your garden needs to be level, or very close!
- Consider your water reservoir, if you're out of level, you'll either flood the soil, or your water will drain out of the overflow before it can wick up into the soil!
2. Dry soil is hydrophobic
- This means that dry soil resists becoming wet. The self-watering aspect of your garden will not work if the soil is dry.
- Before the wicking action of your LifeSpace Garden engages, the soil must be fully saturated.
- Before planting, it is recommended that you top water each square foot of garden space with roughly 7 litres of water as you turn the soil.
- After planting, water again with another 1 litre of water per square foot.
- The water level of you soil will then equalize overnight, with excess water draining into the reservoir. Reservoir can then be topped up via fill up tube.
- If you ever suspect your reservoir has dried out completely, thoroughly top water to ensure soil saturation. Many clients make this a preventative weekly habit.
3. The top 2 inches of the soil will dry out, this is okay.
- The dry soil acts as a mulch of sorts, keeping the moisture below sealed away
- However - this means that starting plants from seed requires special attention and regular top watering until roots are established down to the moisture zone.
- If you are concerned, check your float gauge, then press your finger into the soil, if it's dry up to your 2nd knuckle, consider top watering to reestablish soil saturation.
4. Protect the liner.
- A puncture liner below the wicks means a leaky reservoir, try not to let that happen!
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