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Wicking beds my go at them

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  • #257543
    Fishfood
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    Heres my slant on wicking beds theres a few photos so please hold off the comments till i get the photos [7]all up

    Mine are from fuel cells from building sites 5 in total

    The bottoms are connected with a common drain and that runs to a submerged 200 liter drum with a sump pump

    Set at the height you want your water res to sit

    5 Tanks 500 mm high with cutdown milk crates to give an air void under the soil

    Covered with shade cloth then coco coi [because i had some ] then a good 4 way garden soil

    as i said the 7 photos in total so here goes

    setup

    crates

    shade cloth

    coco coi

    drains

    planted

    #530411
    porgey
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    They look great Fishfood, well done. I am in the process of revamping my patch and want to incorporate raised wicking beds so will be interested to see how you get on.

    Where did you get the Coco coi(r)?

    #530412
    Fishfood
    Member

    Just ask your local hydro shop after they grow there funny tomatoes finding a place to dump it is hard i got 50

    bags

    #530413
    Fishfood
    Member

    Also another good spots are in industrial estates you will find left over crops dumped every were

    #530414
    Xio
    Member

    very neat 🙂

    #530415
    froot_loopz
    Member

    looks great

    Ive bought two pots have a go with

    going to plant a flowering plant and another with parsley for the wabbit

    #530416
    Fishfood
    Member

    Heres the latest photo birds was giving it hell

    #530417
    lmd80
    Member

    Thanks, really impressed and given me some ideas! This is my next project hopefully followed by aquaponics..

    #530418
    BlueWren
    Member

    They are excellent! My bath tub wicking beds are the only hope of growing anything in this heat ……silver beet and tomatoes going strong at present.As you have a common drain is the whole line on a slight incline to drain adequately?

    What exactly are the fuel cells? Are they often left overs from building sites? What fuel? No residue that can’t be removed I presume?

    #530419
    calliecat
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    they do look good, but I can’t work out the drainage??

    they couldn’t be on too much of an incline, they need to be level to work properly, and water evenly?

    #530420
    Fishfood
    Member

    BlueWren post=352595 wrote: They are excellent! My bath tub wicking beds are the only hope of growing anything in this heat ……silver beet and tomatoes going strong at present.As you have a common drain is the whole line on a slight incline to drain adequately?

    What exactly are the fuel cells? Are they often left overs from building sites? What fuel? No residue that can’t be removed I presume?

    Hi all tubs are dead level

    the common drain is actually just below the tub bottom . but the 200 liter blue drum acts as a sump and by filling that to different heights i can set the height on the reservoir in the beds

    notice a valve on each bed very handy planting new stuff turn it off and almost fill bed to the top [well within 2 in from top ]

    Fuel sells are triple skin tanks that go in a frame for holding diesel on building sites [My mate supplies them these were cast wrong ]

    These were new [good to have mates ]

    #530421
    Fishfood
    Member

    lmd80 post=352590 wrote: Thanks, really impressed and given me some ideas! This is my next project hopefully followed by aquaponics..

    Yes they are great Apuaponics unless you do it the right way you will have a lot of disappointments

    Forrest tried it for a while [ pm her a message and ask a few questions ]

    My system ran for 5 years it was on byap [Food & Fish up and running] and over 100,000 people looked at it

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