June 12, 2010 at 12:41 am #252432
Well after a lot of research I have finally started my Wick Garden project so I thought I would share it with others who may be interested. This is still a fair bit of learn as you go so any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated and I will try to keep this updated as I make progress. If I have attached the photo correctly this one shows the raw ground where the project started.June 12, 2010 at 12:52 am #467818
Well that didn’t work too well so I try again and hope the photo works this time.
Big KevJune 12, 2010 at 1:00 am #467819
The wonders of modern science, just goes to show if you do it right the first time it saves a lot of time.
Must say thanks to scarecrow for all the helpful information you have provided in your posts and on your blog and also to John & Zoe who have been most helpful.
Anyway here’s some progress on my first bed.
Still undecided on what resevoir media to use but have narrowed it down to washed sand and/or blue metal (I think). Any comments/suggestions would be appreciated.
BigKevJune 12, 2010 at 9:33 am #467820baringaparkMember
looking good 🙂 :clap:June 12, 2010 at 10:07 am #467821harooneyMember
I’ll be watching your progress with interest. I’m working on wicking beds this weekend too. I’ll have to get pics to share.
HelenJune 12, 2010 at 11:52 am #467822KasaliaMember
It is looking good,:D my only concern was are you going to get enough sun for vegetables, or was it just that time of day.:pJune 12, 2010 at 11:26 pm #467823
Although I’m not much of a gardener it should be ok. I have grown vegies in that spot previously and they seem to do okay. The sun is a bit lower in the sky and throwing more of a shadow with it being winter but the bed gets a good dose of morning sun before the shade starts kreeping across. In the summer the area gets a good go at the afternoon sun before the shade moves over. In the summer the spot along the wall seems perfect for cherry tomatoes and so as long as I can keep growing them I’ll be happy.
So for those interested here’s the next update. Two bed frames almost finished and one more to go.
KevinJune 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm #467824sue eMember
looks good kev. very attractive. thanks for the piccies. am keen to see how it’s done step by step. am learning a lot.June 15, 2010 at 12:27 am #467825geminiscMember
beds look pretty swish!!! I’ve never seen those corner holders before. Are they your own inventin or can you buy them from bunnings?June 15, 2010 at 1:32 am #467826Michelle-smMember
Could youplease explain the materials you are using to build the beds. I am in dire need of some raised beds and refuse to use treated timber but we have a bad white ant problem here and I need something termite resistant. Thanks.:tup:June 15, 2010 at 5:46 am #467827
Sorry the corner posts are not available from Bunnings. I guess you could say they are my own invention born out of necessity. You may have noticed that my plot is an odd shape, broadly triangular. So to maximise the available space which is not large I needed to shape the beds accordingly.
The corner posts aren’t difficult to make if you have a circular saw (you could do them with a hand saw but I’m not that energetic). All you need to do is map it out on the ground, measure the angle, cut down the edge of the relevant post on the required angle and nail together. The posts are buried about 300mm.
If your corners are all right angles it’s much easier of course as all you need to do is cut the posts to length and nail together.
The green stuff is zincalume sheeting I picked up secondhand. The stuff on the left is normal trim deck roof sheeting and on the right is my neighbours prefabricated garden shed (like you get from Bunnings) whicdh he was kind enough to pull down and give to me just when I need the sheeting.
Now you’re not going to be happy with my answer on the timber because it’s H2 treated pine. The reason it’s painted is not so much for the asthetics but to try and preserve it from rotting as H2 pine is not really suitable for outdoor or in ground use. It’s is really a bit of an experiment and if I get 5years out of it I’ll be happy.
Why did I use it? Because it was free and there’s several hundred dollars worth of wood there if I had to buy it from B’s. I would have preferred jarrah but it is pricey, even secondhand.
We have a termite problem as well so I painted the in ground parts with Digger’s Echo. Would have preferred creosote but you can’t buy that anymore. Anyway we’ll see how it goes.
If you don’t want to use treated pine then you could always go with a suitable hardwood, steel or those new plastic posts made from recycled plastics.
Hope this assists and feel free to PM me if you would like any further info.
Good luck and bestg regards
KevinJune 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm #467828Michelle-smMember
We have a secondhand yard near here that sells roof sheeting so I will check them out. As for the treated timber the way you have used it it looks like it would have no contact with any of the soil that your plants will be growing in so I think this is a great solution. If I paint it also it would have double protection. I like this idea. Thanks again for the info.:tup:June 16, 2010 at 12:18 am #467829urban-wombatMember
Hi Kev that looks great! 10/10 the shape is really nice.ColJune 17, 2010 at 4:18 am #467830
Well the garden frames are just about complete. Ran out of wood for the capping so just need to finish that off when I get some more.
Next step is to run the angle grinder over the inside to get rid of any sharp bits that could damage the liner and sift some sand across the floor to get rid of sharp rocks, etc. that could also damage the liner. Was all ready to go with that job but it had to rain, didn’t it. Brought that to a halt quick smart as it’s just about impossible to sift wet sand.
Once that’s done I’ll be able to start on the liner and pipe then do some real work filling it with resevoir and grow media.
I’m already getting orders from my wife for vegies!!!
Regards to all
KevinJune 17, 2010 at 4:27 am #467831geminiscMember
:tup: they’re looking super.
thanks for the explanation about the orange bits of your beds. i knew they looked too schmick to come from Bunnings, but a girl’s gotta ask! 😆
too bad the rain couldn’t hold off until *after* you’d put in your lining…..
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