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  • #256584
    calliecat
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    first of all, I wish to apologise, I don’t have the gift of turning a few words into a good story like bluewren does

    but here goes 🙂

    Bluewren got her DH to drag out the bath tubs, – she found all the stuff to make wicking beds with,

    her DH put some holes into plumbing pipe that was lying around, (gotta love being married to a retired plumber) lol

    first photo

    of bluewren, fixing the plastic

    this has pipes in place with sand as the water pit

    this has some old sail cloth between the water reservoir and the soil

    #519900
    calliecat
    Participant

    being so unfit as I am, I went home totally exhausted lol was in bed by 7.30

    I will take some finished photos on sunday, 🙂

    #519901
    karyn26
    Member

    Looking good BW.

    Thanks for the pics calliecat.You werent tuckered out just taking the pics were you LOL

    #519902
    calliecat
    Participant

    karyn26 post=337880 wrote: Looking good BW.

    Thanks for the pics calliecat.You werent tuckered out just taking the pics were you LOL

    LOL don’t think so – thought I had taken more photos actually 🙁

    #519903
    BlueWren
    Member

    karyn26 post=337880 wrote: Looking good BW.

    Thanks for the pics calliecat.You werent tuckered out just taking the pics were you LOL

    No, she measured and trimmed the plastic and shade cloth , and shovelled a lot of sand ……. now …what did I do…?? Did shovel some sand too, and I was knackered as well in the evening!! :laugh:

    I have since poured six buckets of tank water down the verticals in the left hand bath, which now has soil in it.calliecat says I need a hose……..currently don’t have tank water up there so had to lug buckets from the house.Will have to smile sweetly at the plumber………. :laugh:

    Those vertical pipes are both connected to one under the sand between them, with slits on the underside.Most wicking beds have only one vertical with a cap on the end of the horizontal ……DH wanted mine to have TWO “to prevent an air lock” and who was I to argue!!

    To be continued when calliecat has more pics.

    #519904
    Wez
    Member

    Sounds like perfect supervision :cheer:

    #519905
    Wombat
    Member

    Woo hoo!,

    Well done CC, nice looking set up, let us know how it all goes!

    Nev

    #519906
    BlueWren
    Member

    I have actually trimmed off the overhanging sail cloth at the back of the baths so it’s the same as at the front.Was going to leave it over to help maintain the soil level. I don’t think the cloth would wick over the edge but didn’t want to risk losing the water!

    #519907
    calliecat
    Participant

    for some reason photobucket wont let me upload photos to here anymore 🙁

    having no end of trouble

    yay – thankgoodness lol

    this is the next stage, hopefully when the plants grow will take some more

    #519908
    ballamara
    Keymaster

    They look great, i love the use of old tyres to sit the tubs on.

    #519909
    calliecat
    Participant

    so do I, thought that was ingenious

    #519910
    Erthgirl
    Member

    Looking good girls… can’t wait to see the plants in there. :hug:

    #519911
    BlueWren
    Member

    mmmmmmm……remember the wheelbarrow episode in my garden log a while back……? When I sowed lettuce seed and got tomatoes ? Well, I now have several hundred tomato seedlings coming up in the completed bed, which by the way seems to be draining OK.The incomplete one was not draining over the edge of the plastic until DH shoved a small piece of pipe under the plastic near the plughole.Aiming to get the soil etc in there soon .Talked to the plumber who reminded me which tap to turn off and which tap to turn on to get tank water to the tap near the baths…….so no more need to cart buckets ……should have asked him earlier!

    Thanks for the pics calliecat.Did you get one of the choko between the baths?

    #519912
    calliecat
    Participant

    I thought I did, but had such dramas yesterday LOL that I now can’t find it :blush:

    #519913
    BlueWren
    Member

    I planted a choko between the baths,the theory being that the bed overflows would go in its direction.Have had plenty of rain to keep it growing well anyway, so hopefully it will soon hide the junk behind it! Plans are afoot with DS and DH to build a fence around the whole no dig area so I can plant it up, and to clear out the old van body to make it useable as storage.

    The second bed is filled and ready to plant, and I’m wondering what to do about all the tomato seedlings! :laugh: Might transplant a few and dig in the rest as green manure.

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