Re: DomeBed question
- The domes were actually a 58 quart and I believe a 60
quart translucent office storage box. The smaller box
was actually quite successful (but the media was
somehow different in and around the larger box/dome).
I regularly checked the wicking (to the center) of
water applied to the outsidd margins of the box. The
media I used was natural, half and half site local
sand and site local pine humus.
I was trying to duplicate the principles of a nurselog
in the wild. Among the several errors I made, one was
improper media. I should have use a uniform,
soil-free media that extended 2 feet or so beyond the
dome. A pulverized fully rotten log would have been
perfect media or something of that sort. Also I
needed a taller, wider shade enclosure to prevent
overheating of the dome in all seasons.
It would also be wise to dig out the media area for a
domebod first and line it with a sheet of black
plastic perforated to provide drainage and increase
moistness. A liner would prevent the natural soil
outside of the domebed from stealing moisture from the
bed. I wish that perforated drain pipe were made in
large sizes so I could cut it in half lengthwise and
use that as an inground domepot with a series of
A critical aspect of any and every domepot, also a
domebed (which is still experimental) is to have a
wide enough perimeter of open media (the same
consistency of the media under/inside the dome)
outside of the dome to provide for water entry and the
wicking of water from outside the dome over to the
Did you see my earlier photos of the two domebed?
Also did you read my message explaing what went wrong
and proposed solutions?
I am glad that DomePots are working for you. Large
plastic colanders and hanging baskets (drilled to
increase drainage) work great to hold media in a
domepot device. You just center a clear dome over the
media and wire it down.
Mike Creel, Lexington SC
--- Landon Davis III <lld3@...> wrote:
> Hi Mike:
> I have in the past not been very successful with
> cuttings, but this year I seem to be having success
> using your dome pot method and one gallon clear
> plastic water jugs. Thanks for your
> I wonder if the reason you had mixed success with
> the 55 gallon domes was that the distance was too
> far from the water source (sidewall) to the middle
> where the plants were. Perhaps the water did not
> migrate that great a distance.
> Landon Davis
> Richmond, Virginia