|Latest Update 3rd May 2016.|
This page shows you how to build a Small Ecobed. Construction details for the water tank and the water filling/distribution system are similar to those shown on the page Garden Ecobed
so I have not repeated them here.
|A piece of 63 x 19mm pine is inserted into one of the panels and drilled as shown. The insert is set so that the bottom of the hole is 200mm above ground level. This is where the overflow pipe exits from the Ecobed.|
|Once assembled, the bed is lined with 2 layers of 200um builder's plastic to create a water tank. The standard "Garden Ecobed" tank filling, distribution and overflow system is fitted and 20mm drainage Scoria added. The tank is filled to overflowing with rainwater from my storage tank, and the Scoria level adjusted until it is just covered by the water.|
I am trialing an alternative water tank cover. It stops soil getting into the tank and helps wick water up into the soil. I usually use 75% shadecloth but this time I am using a thick layer of sugar cane mulch. Rob Bob from bitsouttheback uses this technique with good results, so here goes.