Eddie J

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rainwater storage

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 20:49

So if you aren't trying to promote your business for free, why not remove the company name from the thread?

Garden Gallery

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 14:23

With yet another day of work lost due to rain, I decided to get the next sculpture for the garden finished and in position. True to form I have changed the design from how it looked yesterday.




Raised, bordered vegatable beds (Something to think about)

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 16:17

Something prompted me today that I hadn't finished this thread in relation to the irrigation system.

It seems a very long time ago now that I constructed this, but the first job was to lay the concrete base for the IBC's to sit on. An over flow pipe was also installed at this stage.



Once the concrete had cured, the IBC's were placed on the concrete base and then they were linked together. All six tanks are linked at the top, but only five of them are linked at the bottom. Rain water enters the first tank, fills this and then the tanks are filled one after the other. The first tank also act as a sump which is why it is not connected at the bottom to the other tanks. I am able to open this tank separately in order to flush out any debris. The remaining tanks whilst being linked, can also be shut off individually.

From the linked tanks, water is fed via gravity into a buried animal water trough. The trough has a ball valve similar to that of a domestic toilet systern which controls the amount of water in the trough. From this trough we are then able to fill watering cans. There is also a tap fitted to both outside tanks, which allows a hose pipe to be fitted. Sometime in the future I hope to fit an electric pump to the system, but the logistics of getting power to the tanks isn't that easy.

The overall water capacity is 6000litres, which whilst sounding a lot we seem to get through it at quite a rate. The only issue that I have had is trying to work out when to start to filling the tanks after having drained them down in the autumn. I left it too late year and we had run out by April! The tanks are currently full, but I'm not keen on keeping the water for longer than is necessary. I have found that whilst it is usable even after long periods of storage, it only manages to keep plants/veg alive rather than helping them to put on grow. This point is very obvious after a sustained dry period where the plants aren't really putting on much grow, but get one night of decent rain and the shoot off.






Since taking the above photos I have gradually been covering the tops of the tanks with old leaves etc to help keep the sun off the tanks to both keep the water fresh.

I guess that the composting system is next on the list to write about.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 15:40

Another rained off day, so rather than waste it, I decided to come up with yet another oak sculpture. I hope to finish it at the weekend.


spring onions

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 19:23

Add another unsuccessful grower to the list.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 20:08
Wintersong wrote (see)

@Eddie J: You're kidding, I live in Kent. That makes us practically neighbours

*flings a seed potato in Eddie's direction*

I must have done something very bad in a past life.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 18:36
Inkadog wrote (see)

Love the sculptures, and look forward to seeing the Creature of the Deep develop!

Thanks. You won't recognise it as the same piece of wood by the time that I finished playing with it.

Wintersong, if you happen to live in East Sussex, I'm sure that I could find you some wood to practice on.

Although I know a couple of people that carve/sculpt from Stone, it has never interested me. I still admire the skill involved though.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:39
kate1123 wrote (see)

I can see your dilemma, it must be hard to give them up when you have spent so much time on them.

I even find it hard to part with things like this simple deer. I want to keep them all.



April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:34

I'd forgotten that I also found time over the weekend to give this simple garden bench a further coat of Danish oil. I now just need to finish the wall!


April in Your Garden

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 17:29
kate1123 wrote (see)

Eddie I love the sculptures, do you do commissions?

Thanks for the kind words Kate.

 I have recently started to take on commisions and whilst I work with oak everyday for a living as a timber framer, my real passion and love is for sculpture and one day I hope to be able to give up the timber framing completely to concentrate solely on sculpture and garden art. I just find it so satisfying and mentally rewarding. My problem is that I don't want to part with any of them.

This is another piece that I did a few weeks ago, and I'm currently quite keen to develop this theme further.


My next project is this little creature of the deep. I can't wait to get started on it.




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