2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Floating Garden Livens Up Farm Pond
After first reading about the floating vegetable garden of a Texas FARM SHOW reader (Vol. 26, No. 3), Peacock was inspired by the idea.
"I tried the project on a really small scale to see how it worked and it only took one afternoon to do it," Peacock says.
Using 14, 4-in. dia. by 5-ft. long pvc sewer pipes (lashed together with nylon army surplus rope), he made a 5 by 6-ft. floating base for his 25-ft. dia. pond. The pipes have caps on the ends to make them airtight.
"I built a 3 by 5-ft. wood framework around the top of the pipes and filled it with compost. Then I planted vegetables and flowers. The roots grow down through the pipes to find water."
Peacock connected the island to shore with pulleys, like a clothesline, so he can just pull it over to a little dock he made.
"We don't normally step onto it," he says. "I pull it up on dry land in the winter time."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jean Peacock, 1350 S. Hickory Grove Schl. Rd., Rocheport, Mo. 65279 (ph 573 445-9129; email@example.com).
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