Our new garden!

Last year Drew built a shelf in the far back cabin with the intention of having a garden. Now we have finally gotten around to completing the project.

We decided that we should use planters so that we can move them outdoors if necessary. After a lot of research I settled on a wicking system that uses the soils own capillary ability to move water from below, up through the soil, ultimately reaching the plants roots.

I started with two nesting bins for each planter. There is a 2.5″ gap between the two bins. The top bin holds the soil and plants while the lower bin holds the water. For the wicking tunnel I used 2″ diameter PVC pipe cut into 2.5″ lengths with holes drilled all around. I cut 1.75″ holes in the base of the inner bin and attached the PVC pieces to each hole. I then covered the PVC pipe with nylon mesh to prevent the soil from leaking out into the reservoir. Finally, I drilled a 1″ hole in the inner bin and inserted a length of 1″ PVC pipe that reaches from the base of the outer bin to the top of the inner bin. This allows me to fill the reservoir without pouring water over the surface of the soil, thereby prevent nutrients from being leached from the soil.

So far it is working well. Because of the reservoir, I rarely have to worry about watering, although since the seeds are newly sprouted I do occasionally mist them lightly. I’ve planted cilantro, chives, parsley, baby carrots, spinach, lettuce, broccoli and tomatoes. All the seeds except for the cilantro have sprouted so I expect we will be getting some fresh veggies in the next couple of months!

Drilling the holes in the 2" PVC

Holes drilled!

Attaching the PVC to the bins

Creating filters to prevent soil leakage

Waiting for the glue to dry

Completed garden!

Baby carrots sprouting up

One Response to “Our new garden!”

  1. Sheila Smith says:

    Looks great, Miya! I am impressed.

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