Even though were supposed to get a snow storm, I am confident the babies will be ok inside.
That being said it was time to get the beds up and going. We decided that wicking beds would be best for us, with the cost of water going out of site. This type of bed uses much less water.
First off the beds were built from 2X8X10 treated lumber…(yes, I know its bad).
As you can see, pond liner is used to seperate the wood from the soil. I used pond liner instead of plastic because I wanted to make certain there will be no leaks.
Here we have 4” leech line for septic systems laying in the bottom with an elbow and a short riser to fill the bed.
The end of the pipe that is laying in the bed needs to be covered with shade cloth.
After that its time to add rock to the bed. The rock needs to be at least two inches above the pipe.
An over flow pipe is added 3” above the bottom with shade cloth over the end to keep the rock from clogging the pipe. I use zip ties to secure the shade cloth.
To keep the soil from sifting down into the rock and stagnating the water, about 2” of straw is added.
Then we added the soil to finish off the beds. The deep bed will be used for tomatos the stepped bed will be used for less deep rooting plants.
Before we called it a day we filled the beds with water. It took about 4 minutes to fill the bed before water flowed from the over flow pipe.
With the pond of water being below the bed it will use much less water and self regulate how much water is wicked up and not get root rot or not be over watered.
This is a no brainer for me….I seem to always over water my garden.
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