This is part 2 of the wicking barrel series. In this video I will explain how I am making three wicking beds similar to those used by Rob Bob and Chris Towerton. I will leave a link below to their channels which contain many great videos related to wicking beds and other gardening tips.
What you will need for this project is:
– containers for the beds – in my case I used Rubbermaid storage containers
– Flex pipe (4″) for the reservoir itself
– a filler pipe – I used a section of central vac pipe
– landscape cloth if you buy plain uncovered flex pipe
– various sizes of tie wraps
– 1/2″ barbed joining fitting used in irrigation system construction
– various drill bits
– side cutters, scissors, utility knife
I first expanded and fit a section of the flex pipe to make a “U” shaped reservoir at the bottom of my storage containers.
I cut a piece of the central vac pipe long enough to go from the top to the bottom of the container and cut one end of pipe off at an angle to allow for the pipe not to bottom out in the reservoir. This will be the filler tube for the reservoir.
Then I took a drill and put in a 5/16″ drill bit and drilled several holes along the length of my flex tube. (This will allow for water to wick out of reservoir).
I then made a round hole at one end of the flex pipe, big enough to slip the fill pipe into the flex pipe
I then cut sections of landscape cloth, large enough to wrap around the flex pipe and overlap the ends of the flex pipe. I wrapped the cloth around the flex pipe and tie wrapped the landscape cloth to the flex pipe. I then inserted the filler tube into the hole I cut in the flex pipe. I then gathered the overlap sections of landscape cloth and wrapped them and tie wrapped them up to seal both ends. Note, I wrapped the overlap at the filler end around the filler pipe and tie wrapped that so the end was sealed.
I then fitted the flex pipe and filler pipe back into the bottom of the container.
I drilled two small holes small holes in the top of the container so I could tie wrap the filler pipe to the side of the container. I tie wrapped the filler pipe to the container.
I then measured up 5″ from the bottom of the container; on the side opposite the filler tube; and drilled a hole big enough to insert the 1/2″ barbed fitting. I wrapped the fitting in landscape cloth and tie wrapped the landscape cloth to the fitting. I inserted the fitting from the inside of the container throw the hole I juts drilled, with the landscape cloth end facing into the container. This will become the container overflow
Now I will take the containers out and set them up. In the next video I will go over the media I used to fill the containers and fill the reservoir. Then over the next few weeks I will see how the wicking action goes.
Here is a link to Rob Channel :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChz2QEbZECEzUih1DiqZTNA
Here is a link to Chris Towerton :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtmtCfbWBxXcfPXvja-d4lw?spfreload=5
Thanks for your interest, see you in the Garden!