Water tray / Wet bed

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Water tray / Wet bed

Postby alpinebonsart » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:12 am

Hi to all who enjoy the "ART OF LIVING LANDSCAPE" Bonsai . Here is a effective yet simple way to conserve water and drought proof your bonsai "short term" . Simply grab a sheet of roofing iron , roof decking , profile doesn't matter as long as it will retain some water . If it has holes in consistant profiles , ensure they are up if necessary seal with tape , sealer , silicon anything will do even a small piece of plastic placed over the holes will prevent total loss of water .

Find or make a level area to lay the sheet/sheets of iron on ,If you dont posess a spirit level ,fill the sheet with water and adjust the ends /sides with blocks or timber using the water in the tray as a level . Using a pair of pliers , shifter spanner fold the flat or lower section up being careful as iron tears quite easily. You are basically making a saucer to hold water , then fill the tray with sand , use a long straight piece of timber smooth the sand down to the top rib on the iron .

The water tray/bed is now ready to use , place slab plantings in the middle. The ribs in the sheets will prevent most pots/trays from sitting in water , humidity will keep the bonsai healthy and the wet sand will keep the pots cooler preserving our most needed resource water and the frequentcy of watering is reduced. I have never lost a bonsai , seedling or a tree using a water/sand tray .

Tip 1/Sand is better than pebbles , water loss is 4 times greater with pebbles .

Tip 2/ Sand trays don't harbour mossies.

Tip 3/ Trays are extremely heavy when set up dont try to move or adjust ..

Tip 4/ Bonsai IS fun , so have fun BONSAI 'ING'

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This 3.0m x .9m contains 3 large slab plantings , 25 Canadian {False} Hemlocks , 30 Atlas Cedars and 50+ Coastal Redwood seedlings guarenteed to survive the extreme heat currently 38 degrees
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Fill with sand and smooth / screed off flat then it is ready to add slabs , trays and pots
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Level sheet at this point and fold up ends , fill or cover holes


Cheers Ian
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Re: Water tray / Wet bed

Postby taffyman » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:02 pm

Excellent and interesting advice Ian. The bit about sand instead of pebbles is really good - no mossies :twisted:
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Re: Water tray / Wet bed

Postby alpinebonsart » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:41 pm

taffyman wrote:Excellent and interesting advice Ian. The bit about sand instead of pebbles is really good - no mossies :twisted:

Thanks Taffyman i have a plunge bath to soak the bonsai in that i dont use because the mozzies love it, was thinking of rounding up some dirty old carp and putting them in their but the RSPCA might not like the idea.Cheers Ian
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Re: Water tray / Wet bed

Postby taffyman » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:42 pm

I have a 240 litre black plastic tub from the B-store that I use to dunk my pots. What's left is then poured on the garden somewhere.

"Dirty old Carp" - LIquid fertilizer (Y) (Y) :lol: Friends of ours do a bit of fishing here in the Mary River and nearly always bring us home fresh catfish. Next time they do, I'm going to cut a couple of them up and put them in an empty Olive barrel I have, along with some goat manure if it's still available down the road.

We're on 2 acres, so there is no problem with smell annoying the neighbours - I'll put it down the back of the block away from everyone.
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Re: Water tray / Wet bed

Postby alpinebonsart » Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:31 pm

taffyman wrote:I have a 240 litre black plastic tub from the B-store that I use to dunk my pots. What's left is then poured on the garden somewhere.

"Dirty old Carp" - LIquid fertilizer (Y) (Y) :lol: Friends of ours do a bit of fishing here in the Mary River and nearly always bring us home fresh catfish. Next time they do, I'm going to cut a couple of them up and put them in an empty Olive barrel I have, along with some goat manure if it's still available down the road.

We're on 2 acres, so there is no problem with smell annoying the neighbours - I'll put it down the back of the block away from everyone.

I use a small fish pond no fish my plunge bath is 7m x 1m for big slabs and pots 2MAN TREES
Chalie carp liquid fertilizer $50 for 2 litres lets take up fishing, sell the carp and retire rich .Ian
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