How to make a waterless nursery:
1. Place newspaper on the ground quite thick (to prevent plastic tearing or things sticking though).
2. Stack two kiwi collars on top of each other on top of the newspaper:
You could also make your own out of old crates/pallets or other wood. Kiwi collars are great as they can be shaped into different shapes and have a special stacker lock hinge so they don’t move when attached together. (check out www.kiwicollars.com.au for more information).
3. Line the kiwi collars with plastic, peg the plastic to the sides to keep it in place (we used a double layer of builders lining plastic.
5. Add a piece of pipe as a water inlet so you can fill the kiwi collars with water and add water incase it gets too dry from time to time if needed. (we put a flower pot with a bit of shade cloth over the pipe inlet so that the woodchips do not block up the pipe and water has a free flow in.)
8. Add woodchip on top of the felt
|add woodchip (trim plastic if needed)|
9. Add a soil layer to the top if you desire to plant into it to make garden beds
10. We didn’t put a soil layer as we just want this to be a nursery, so all our plants are in pots at this time and sitting directly on the felt wicking the water up. They are working really well!!
|nursery plants in their self watering beds|
|This is an experiment and not sure how it is going. We are going to also try one with small pebbles and woodchip and see what happens. Same concept as above. The layers can be used and modified for your particular project.|
|An experiment with collecting dew to water plants. – we suggest plastic lining for both logs and rocks at this time|
|condensation collecting area in the waterless garden|
|Once again we suggest to line the dug out area with plastic. (The wood is underground)|
|‘Hotspot’ in the waterless garden project|
Thank you to AJ and Mary, Philippa and Lincon for some of the photos in this post.
Thank you also to AJ for demonstrating and bringing our awareness to this method of gardening.