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 toÂ buildÂ 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.
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.
Side angle. I first laid down about two inches of decomposed granite to act as a foundation for the tubs.
Side angle showing walking room between the fence and the modified drains.
Close up of the drains. I had to extend them to the point I wanted the water to equalize in the tanks.
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.
Close up of my 4″ pipe that will act as my waterÂ 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.
This is picture during the water test to. Checking to make sure that the water flows out evenly and that the drains work.
Here is the installation of the perforated pipe being installed.
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 theÂ perforatedÂ piping.