Assembly bundle for a vertical soil or medium based barrel – our prosumer raised bed alternative. It comprises:
- 18 closed 1/6th parts
- 18 shelf 1/6th parts
- 1 standing base
- Plus 2 tank fittings for the liquid (tanking and overflow) and a piece of fleece to isolate the base with the wicking bed water from the soil above in the barrel.
Usually the setup looks like this:
The base is filled with pebbles or hydroton with a fibre mat on top. The base also has 2 holes – one to fill the base as reservoir with water for the wicking irrigation; and one that serves as an overflow valve, that prevents standing water from touching the soil or substrate. You can find the appropriate parts here – Tanking and Overflow.
Then ring segments are assembled and stacked. The empty inside of the barrel can be filled with a simple soil/compost mix or any other substrate like hydroton. The shelves and the open top can be planted. The hight is variable and the setup here is just a recommendation.
The setup can also be used as waterfilter for grey-water or swimming ponds when filled with a larger surface material like hydroton or also a synthetic filter helix material. Water is pumped and distributed on the top (you might also use a lid to cover the top) and travels through the filter material exiting on the bottom overflow. The standing base gives you options on where you place the holes and what diameter they have!
You can find the manual for the standard setup on this page.
You can also find the construction of the triangle steel roller base on the manual page to weld it yourself.
Assembly – In order to assemble a full working substrate based barrel you need the following additional ingredients:
- Substrate: Each ring segment needs to be filled with 50 liters of substrate (ring segment dimensions: height 0.15cm, diameter 0.573cm). Please note: The inside is not completely filled with soil! You can be creative integrating you won logic. For example use a wire mesh as central column and fill it with well draining material, such as hydroton. Please take a look at the images on the substrate barrel page or this page’s product image slideshow.
- Plants, water ;).