From challenges, great ideas can come!!
One of the Green Square, community’s raised garden beds, has deteriorated – to the point it needs to be replaced. You wouldn’t believe just how much research, discussion and community / council consultation the drivers of the Green Square Growers has put into coming up with a solution.
The raised garden bed was made from recycled wood. The bed uses ‘wicking reservoir’ technology that we built inside the garden bed. The bed also has an inbuilt worm farm.
The above diagram shows the wicking garden bed design. The challenge we have had with this design, came from the tremendous outward pressure from the water reservoir, causing the wood to bow and bend (over time).
Making smaller wicking garden beds (1 m x 1m) can help to limit the bowing of the wood but we weren’t happy with this solution.
Then Sabena and her husband Peter came up with a cracker of an idea! Instead of using builders plastic in the wicking bed design, use a large food grade plastic container (which can be recycled and rescued from landfill).
These containers will make the whole garden bed structure stronger, less prone to leaking and hence last longer. If repairs to the wood is needed in the future, we can easily replace the wood – as it is not part of the structure but really only has an aesthetic purpose (making the raised garden bed look pretty and traditional).
The Green Square Growers, plan to build either two or three beds together (with the timber frame built around all of the containers together – giving the illusion of one big bed).
Each garden bed will be approximately 1.3 metres x 1.1 metres. If two are position together, then the total bed size will be 2.6 metres x 1.1 meters. If three beds are position together, then the total bed size will be 3.9 meters x 1.1 meters.
The new raised garden bed design will require a small wooden ‘lip’ at the top to hide the plastic container – however this is only for aesthetic purposes too.
What do you think of Sabena and Peter’s cracker of an idea?