Reed Bed

Reed BedWe’ll soon be knee deep in the fun of building a Water Reed (cut to provide thatching) bed to take all foul waste overflow and some overflow from a new grey water system. Water from this will then go through an osier bed.

This system will replace the present soak away once we have collected sufficient funds to do it all in “one go”. This is new to us, but having seen the involved system at the Earth Centre, U.K., we are looking for a simpler way about it with less plastic piping and formality.

As now is the time to grow the osier and the Water Reeds, ready for use, does anyone know a UK supplier of Water Reed – the type used for thatching that lasts longer than other thatching materials. At this stage, I don’t know the right species name to use when searching for the Reed. Anyone out there with any know-how > let us know, thank you

Waves ~~~~~ never stagnant here! ~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

The nutrient rich water collector or ‘Pong’ as we call it; collecting the nectar for roots into a resevoir

nutrient rich water collectorHi, … and it can be very high!
Down the road on a wet winter evening, a stream of pong arrives. From the farm above, this nutrient rich brown smelly arrival has made its way into our water meadow to please the roots of grass, thistles and nettles alike , but not for ever!

The ‘great’ plan, or one of them at least, is to harness this goodness and direct it into a small storage tank at the head of HoBB land. It’s high up and through gravity, it should be possible to set up a system that distributes it around to all those plants keen on dark gunge. It will need diluting before use but it may provide a better solution than our present arrangements for liquid plant feed.

At the moment we harvest comfrey and put it into a bath of water, allowing it to rot down and create … yes, you guessed… brown water.

I think the work will be a summer job when the pong is not about somehow. Any volunteers – let me know!
waves ~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ from here to you, Grant