Wednesday, August 3, 2016

3rd August 2016: The vertical farm on the garage wall has dried out in the long hot summer. The pipe system works, but tends to silt up in the long dry spell and then needs each hole pricking out when the rain returns. I was in China for 2 weeks at the start of July, and nobody kept it watered, so everything that survived had bolted.

Here is the upper part of the wall, and when it rains, the eaves and gutter do not allow free rain to land on the containers. So we need a louvre to direct rain to the containers, but not cut out daylight. I have enough second hand structural polycarbonate lying around.

Here are four brackets for the louvres, all made from scrap aluminium section and polycarbonate. The only new bits are the rivets. The louvre will be bolted and hinged to the brackets.

The brackets are now riveted to the louvres

Anchor bolts into the wall, and put up the first one.

Anchor bolts for the second one, and up it goes, making an adjustment for the brick corbel. Test it out with a watering can and all works well. Now sit back and wait for rain.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Completed the trellis on the south wall

The trellis is now complete and about 4 m high. The climbing plants are installed, and some Sedum has been added to the soil in between them.
The centre plant, Honeysuckle, will be trained around the gas flue, which is hardly ever used. The upper trellis might get some growth on it in 2017.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Vertical farming effort

Last year I fixed up some vertical tubes with holes drilled in them, filled with earth and compost. These were too small in diameter, and I was lucky enough to find much larger pipes in a skip in the city centre. The previous pipes did produce some salad and tomato plants but they dried out too quickly.

Garden work on the south wall

I have long had a patch of the south wall with nothing on it except a gas flue. There is an opportunity to erect trellis up to 4.8 m high. So here we have a start, and the three plants will be honeysuckle, clematis, Pyrocanthus. 
I have had to dig out a lot of gravel and hard-core below that to get to the natural clay surface. Some compost is put at the base of the three holes.Had a lot of secondhand earth in the back garden which is now filling the trench.

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