A "wicking pot" is a planter which has a water reservoir in the bottom ::: the reservoir holds water which is wicked up into the soil as needed. This allows less frequent watering, and keeps the soil perfectly moist.

Some of the juice and milk at the grocery store these days comes in some nicely shaped bottles. Here is how I upcycled one into a wicking pot to grow some herbs and flowers in:
recycled wicking pot: cutting the container
First, I cut off the top of the container. I drew a line with a sharpie, level with the top of the "nutrition" information box. Then I carefully cut around the line with a craft knife (aka x-acto blade).

recycled wicking pot: water holes
Then, using the craft knife, I bored 3 holes about an inch or so from the bottom of the container. These are for excess water to escape when the reservoir is full.

recycled wicking pot: gravel water reservoir
I filled the bottom of the container with small gravel (sand would also work) up to the holes. This is the water reservoir - when the plants are watered, water is stored down here, and gradually wicks up into the soil. This way the soil stays moist without being overly wet, and watering can be done less often.

recycled wicking pot: fabric layer
Next I traced the bottom of the container onto an old t-shirt. Then I cut out the circle about 1/2 inch larger. I placed this circle of fabric on top of the gravel, tucking the edges against the sides of the container. The purpose of the fabric is to prevent soil from getting into the water reservoir.

recycled wicking pot: soil
I filled the container with soil, leaving a little bit of space at the top. Then I planted some seeds - I chose purple basil, english thyme, sage, and calendulas. (I know that's a lot for such a small container, but we'll see how it works out).

recycled wicking pot: plant seeds
I added water until the reservoir was full, placed the container in a bright window, and waited for the seeds to sprout.

The outside of the pot could be painted - though I would leave the reservoir clear so the water level could be seen. These would make awesome gifts <3





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“The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”


"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
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I Am That I Am : Eden : Paradise : Zion : Tea Cup
Eden // Zion Tea Cup
I remember in Robert Monroe's books about his out-of-body explorations (don't remember which book - "Journeys out of Body" or "Ultimate Journey"), he visited a possible future for humanity/earth - which I thought was so beautiful. There weren't very many humans, only a few. Viewing the earth from above, there were some beautiful arrangements of trees/plants - like ornate gardens, but most of the earth looked natural and wild. The humans were found sitting up against trees in a state of rest most of the time - they only awoke and acted when they had a function to perform in the "garden".

I found that to be such a beautiful picture. Sounds like the Garden of Eden, really.
However, the movie Mr. Nobody made a really good point about the beauty of birth, mortality and death - I highly recommend that movie as well.

Check out "Back to Eden" - a short yet beautifully inspiring documentary about a man in Washington who discovered the wonderful benefits of using wood chips as mulch, and his religious realizations which go along with that discovery.

The reason I love permaculture - not only does it encompass the solutions to our modern ecological problems, it is laying the groundwork for reestablishing paradise on earth - I do believe the inspiration is heaven sent <3.


"to work in the world is hard; to refrain from all unnecessary work is even harder" - Nisargadatta