Well that is the good news. I got the plumbing done, and the pump in to lift the water up hill to the grow beds. I also got the gravel in the beds. Most of it came from the first system , I took one half of it apart and reused that gravel, I hope it will still have the Biological filter and speed up the cycling process so I can get the fish in the tank. Like I said that was the good news.
As you can see the Bell Syphons have been pulled out of the grow beds. They were not working and I decided to go another way . So the bad news was I had the gravel in the beds, now I had to take it all out again.
I decided to try laying a water hose connected to the out let and protected that with a corrugated pipe.
Well when I tested this it did not syphons as fast as I wanted it to. The problem seems to be the height of the outlet on the barrel, I use the bung hole. Also the drain going to the holding tank was bigger than the hose so the that didn’t help. So I went with just a simple elbow that syphons from the bottom of the bed.
This is a drawing to show what I ended up with. I didn’t get any pictures of this before I covered it up with the gravel. Basically you see the pick up tube coming in the barrel, the small gravel guard goes around this and the large gravel guard goes over all of it. I can watch the water rise in the large tube, to adjust the in flow.
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I have been working on the system just not documenting it. Had a little snag the other day. Burned up my old Miter saw, So had to go to Lowes and get a new one, ah shucks…lol. Well got all the lumber cut and partially assembled. I did all that I could in the drive way. It is a better work surface than the backyard, not such a grade.
My New Toy
The rails for the carriage
The rest of the carriage.
Yesterday I got the rails on the IBC to hold the Duck Weed tank.
I have gotten started on the plumbing. I have the fitting in the fish tank where the water will flow to the two pickle barrels.
Also in the pickle barrel coming in from the fish tank, and the connection of the the two pickle barrels.
SO that is where the project is right now . Tomorrow I plan on putting the carriage that will hold the grow beds . I think it will be easier to put it together inside the greenhouse. we will see how that turn out.
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Went yesterday to Pink Hill NC to get the rest of the barrels I needed to complete the system. I pick up 2 of the blue barrels 55 gal,with the bung holes that will be cut in half to make the Grow beds.
I also picked up 4 black pickle barrels, 60 gal ea. Two of these will be in the system and 2 for rain barrels.
I got the pickle barrels all cleaned out and ready to go . The blue ones I did a little bit on them I will get them thoroughly after I have cut them in half.
These are the 2 that will be the rain barrels.
Here are the two pickle barrels in place .
My original system had a catastrophic failure Sunday. THe left bank of grow beds had been slipping slowly toward the pond. So I needed to do something anyway , well one of the totes broke at the bottom and I was lucky I didn’t loose all the water. So I took the left bank out and the flood tank out. I piped the water directly to the right bank of grow beds. So they are now running continuously.
The rest of these are some plants I have brought into the green house because the nights are getting cooler.
The milk jugs are filled with water , part of the thermal mass.
OK thats it for today ,will start the plumbing tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to get it up and running soon. Might be running on a extenion cord for a little bit , I will eventually get it wired …I know Eric I will call before I start tat LOL..
Did you notice the volunteer tomato I have coming up out of the cinder block hole. I will keep it and see what it does. The rest are weeds and I will get rid of them.
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