Callum Morrison

Drip Allocation with Octopus IV

It probably is about the fourth prototype, but the IV actually stands for Intravenous like the gravity drip apparatus used to administer fluids or drugs to patients in medical situations. In this case we are administering measured and adjustable water volumes to individual or groups of adjacent plants at controlled intervals. This occurs so slowly we can guide this moisture vertically down a capped finger sized surge pipe to their root zone to potentially reduce evaporation, pest and weed life support and salt accumulation. The cap should stick out just above the mulch for occasional inspection if plants start wilting.

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The Self Watering Bucket

Sometimes there is no rule book and you don’t know where you are going to end up doing permaculture research but we think we have made some interesting discoveries. Watering fruit and vegetable plants is really important and a big time and resource for many people around the world. This new permaculture research might grow a new type of irrigation system that effectively counts the rationed drops of water from […]

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Listen to your Vegetables – They want Dirt Bottle Irrigation

If you only had access to water once a day and had to suck it out of the soil before it evaporated or soaked away, then you might be interested in thinking again about how gardens might be watered. It is common for gardeners to invert bottles of water and stick them in the dirt to help keep water up to the plants. What we have done is work out […]

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Permaculture Finalist For Environmental Sustainability

Callum Morrison is a Finalist for the Regional Achievement and Community Award. Callum has been working on the Waminda House Community Garden in Benalla, Victoria and started out with the Potbot, now updated to the Dirt Bottle Irrigation. The garden has overgrown during a cold winter but should be re-started again soon. Since writing the previous article on Potbot irrigation, Here is an update. It appears also that the dirt […]

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Build your own PotBot Irrigation – An Example of Growing Permaculture Systems from First Principles

Introducing POTBOT irrigation – no it is not the name given to a tubby robot that does the mundane and time consuming task of watering. POTBOT is short for Plant Pot – Bottle dripper Irrigation. Batches of water are trickle released from the main water tank (for security) to batch storage then electronically released to fill in effect little water tanks all set at the same elevation around the garden. […]

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