Last season I experimented with a couple different ways to have a raised garden. This one worked awesome. I'm building up / improving the system with what I learned. I'm looking to add the overflow drain and feed (water) lines this year and hookup a 2V pump.
I am very tight for spacing between barrels, so the fitting need to go on the side (curved). Guess that means brass fittings (metal not plastic) to seal well. Suggestions of where to purchase? I'm seeing about $4 each right now and will require 10pcs. Straights will work (I'll figure a slow curve) or elbowed, doesn't really matter. Weird I couldn't even find reasonable priced plastic ones..
Barrels are 30gallon plastic (tonic barrels). System is a soil/wick based (no wick) with a Flow watering (through the bottom). Stone (and a screen) separates the soil and stone/water sections.
I've use garden hose and barbed fittings in 55 gallon barrels.
Drill a hole just barely big enough for the hose and push the hose in.
The barbed fitting goes in the hose.
I use a slip to barbed fitting and push it from the inside of the barrel out.
This allowes me to add a slotted piece of pvc to the inside as a filter.
In your set up, one double ended barbed fitting could bridge the gap between two half barrels.
The curvature on a 30 gal drum should be no issue, an application of a thin bead of silicone could address that. It is a clean professional look and I think affordable compared to other bulkhead transitions.
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Robert Ray wrote:The curvature on a 30 gal drum should be no issue, an application of a thin bead of silicone could address that. It is a clean professional look and I think affordable compared to other bulkhead transitions.
Thank you! Nice solution,
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