The suburban gardening project has started

I’ve decided to build a garden in my back yard. Considering the heat and soil in my area I’m going to be working above ground. I’m going to build what in called a wicking watering system. So basically the plants will receive water from the bottom through gravel that hold the water. I plant to do soil and plant next weekend. This is only the first of many tubs I plan to build. I’m going to do it in phases due to the time it take, as well as, the cost.

 

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Here is what my first two tubs look like. I haven’t added soil yet but spent the day setting these up. Getting them level took some work. Lucky that I had Jake to help me this morning.

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Side angle. I first laid down about two inches of decomposed granite to act as a foundation for the tubs.

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Side angle showing walking room between the fence and the modified drains.

 

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Close up of the drains. I had to extend them to the point I wanted the water to equalize in the tanks.

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Here you can see that I have covered the prefferated pipe with pea gravel to hold water. It took 8 bags per tub. The bags contained .5 cubic so I have 4 cubic feet of gravel per tub.

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Close up of my 4″ pipe that will act as my water reservoir. Lowes has the 4 inch pvc pipe already cut in two foot lengths so that saved some time not having to measure and cut a much larger pipe.

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This is picture during the water test to. Checking to make sure that the water flows out evenly and that the drains work.

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Here is the installation of the perforated pipe being installed.

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Here is a picture of the end of the pipe. I had to use this 22 degree elbow to get the end cap to fit. I also had to use universal sleeves to connect the PVC with the perforated piping.

 

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