Stage 1 – Putting it together
I have always been a bit envious of the other plot owners who have bathtubs on their allotment who seem to grow absolutely everything in them. Last year I feel if we had got a bathtub last year it would of just gathered rainwater. This year I feel we are a bit more confident and so when a free bathtub came available on a neighbouring plot we jumped at the chance. This is Stage 1 in our attempt to make sense of our new addition to our plot.
Things I thought were a good idea:
- Removed the drain of the bathtub and drilled holes in the bottom of the bath to improve drainage.
- Secured a lining of fleece across the drain to ensure not everything falls out or blocks the new drainage holes.
- A layer of gravel and polystyrene chips along the bottom of the bath approx. 2 inches deep to improve drainage (also cuts down on the amount of soil / organic matter required to fill the bathtub).
- A layer of fleece on top of the gravel and chips so the soil / organic matter does not mix with the gravel et al. This is often done in planting bulbs in containers so why not here? What could go wrong?
- Raised the end without the plug hole so water ‘should’ drain towards the plug hole.
Things that might be a good idea:
- Angled the bathtub south-east for the light conditions and in theory with the raised aspect possibly more light for the whole bed.
- Raised the bathtub off the ground to increase a gap for drainage and reduce the chances of carrot fly attack (to exclude the low flying flies).
- Filled the bathtub with the sandy soil the foxes had kindly excavated in making their network of dens underneath my plot.
Things that are probably not a good idea (aka my attempt to defy physics):
- Rested the bathtub on an old dilapidated pallet. I appreciate physics will win here.
- The angle of the bathtub with the raised end and only braced by a stick – barely an equal or an opposite force. Physics will be 2 for 2 as one day I will find the bathtub slid into the nearest bed like an ocean liner leaving its dry docks.
Oh well, I am sure we will work it out . . .
Jobs for the future
- Add support to the bathtub so there is no horrible surprises.
- A bit of landscaping to ‘prettify’ the scene
A little bit extra from people who actually know what they are doing:
Vegetables and Bathtubs (Video)