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    Water storage tanks with garden beds integrated on top.

    Hi all, I need help tracking down information please.

    quite a few years ago, I was working for a gentleman here in the Manawatu and he was developing and patenting a system for rain water catchment and storage. Concrete tanks in various sizes but only short heights, and they had an integrated garden bed on top, with some type of matting under the soil and then the matting was connected to a siphon arrangement (maybe just wicking?) so the bed always was damp and good growth for plants.

    So, after googling all sorts of terms and keywords etc, I can't find it.

    Has anyone seen or come across anything like this?

    Or, has anyone made something like this and can give me some pointers?

    We are developing an outdoor living area, and hoping to build a Pizza oven, fire place and relocate the BBQ there as well, but along the side with a large drop off, we had thought to fit one of these to collect the rain water off the pergola roof, and then have it full of herbs.

    John

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    Are these water storage tanks just for supplying water for the garden atop or for human consumption as well?

    If the latter, I would not want anything to do with a "wick" arrangement as wicks will carry water in both directions.

    If just for garden water, then it seems that they are not dissimilar from a raised garden,,,,,,,,,with a water tank underneath, which would mean you could put your garden atop any low, convenient non rusting water reservoir with a roof solid enough to support the combined weight of soil, water and the crop
    It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn't.

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    Water for garden usage only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Sapper View Post
    Are these water storage tanks just for supplying water for the garden atop or for human consumption as well?

    If the latter, I would not want anything to do with a "wick" arrangement as wicks will carry water in both directions.

    If just for garden water, then it seems that they are not dissimilar from a raised garden,,,,,,,,,with a water tank underneath, which would mean you could put your garden atop any low, convenient non rusting water reservoir with a roof solid enough to support the combined weight of soil, water and the crop
    No would have done it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    No would have done it.

    "has anyone made something like this and can give me some pointers?"
    It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn't.

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    Aquaponics.

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    Why not a large poly storage tank with a circulating pump thru dribblers, or gravity?
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Thanks. I'll look into those suggestions. I might also do a drive by the old job and see if I can locate the guy and see if anything became of this venture.

    John

 

 

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