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Build a TerrAqua Investigation Column (option 1)

Option 1


  • One 2-liter soda bottle
  • One bottle cap
  • Tool Box
  • Wicking material-fabric interfacing or cotton string
  • Water, soil and plants
Step 1Remove label from the 2-liter bottle. Cut bottle 1 cm below shoulder.
Bottle #1

Step 2 – Poke or drill a 1 cm hole in bottle cap.

Step 3 – Thread a thoroughly wet wick strip through bottle top, invert top, and set into base. Wick should reach bottom of reservoir and thread loosely through cap.

Step 4 – Fill reservoir with water. Add soil and plants to top chamber. To be effective, the wick should run up into soil, not be plastered along a side of the bottle. For better drainage, place a layer of gravel, sand or vermiculite in the bottom of the soil unit.
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