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Watering the garden used to take an hour, now it can be done in 10 minutes! Our first water system upgrade this summer was a pumped delivery hose.
This was great fun, but could only deliver 20 litres per minute to the plants. By moving around the tanks and hoses, we can now use gravity fed large diameter hoses that deliver up to 200 litres per minute – making watering an area very fast!
Autumn leaf fall decorates the roof structure.
We’ve recently invested in a solar panel to power a new water pump. The stream that runs near the bottom of the garden is our only source of water. We’re lucky to have it, but access to the stream has always been difficult. Hopefully this pump will help us make the most of the stream.
The panel is ground mounted facing South at approximately 50 degrees. A dedicated solar controller is used to store energy from the panel in a battery. The controller protects the battery from overcharging and over-use.
Timing circuitry allows automatic operation of the water pump. The pump can only operate for 14 minutes before requiring a 1 min idle period. The circuitry also provides this control.
The pump is of the sort used as a water lift pump in a caravan. They cost between £15 and £25, and vary by pressure, flow, and by impeller type (metal/plastic). Our 1.1bar, 20l/min pump cost about £20 and has a plastic impeller. It is surrounded by large rocks which prevent it being knocked by debris floating down the stream.
The 150 litre water tank is filled every day ready for use, this takes about 40 minutes to complete. The tank is located approximately 20 metres horizontally from the stream, and 6 metres vertically. A hose is attached and can be used to fill watering cans, or used directly with a nozzle.
Currently we abstract 150 litres per day. Natural Resources Wales rules say that we can abstract up to 20’000 litres per day.
Follow this link to find out where we are: https://goo.gl/maps/S3s2sS3f3TF2
See that small wooden gate? The garden is located through there!
Wild Weekend for Wales : Saturday 8 March @ Llangollen Community Garden 10 am – 3 pm
The event sponsored by Keep Wales Tidy will see groups all over Wales doing practical projects to help wildlife. This spring the main focus is on pollinators.
@ Llangollen Community Garden we will be:
- Thinning the sapling trees, clearing bramble, coppicing some of the ash
- Planting hazel
- Under planting with snowdrops (and hopefully primroses).
Planting 2 Fruit Trees
- Planting a plum and a damson. Food for the bees and us!
- Putting up wires to grow a honey suckle along the stone wall behind the social area
- Putting up trellis and planting 2 honeysuckles to cover the metal fencing erected by DCC
Tidying up our existing Flower Beds
- Our existing Bee Beds need some tlc after the winter
- We will be planting some extra “bee” plants too, mostly from plant divisions from our own gardens
Log / Bug Piles
- As an extra to our pollinator plans will will saw up some of the many branches in the garden
- We want to create 1 or 2 smaller log piles in the children’s area suitable for future mini beast hunting
- Wear footwear suitable for mud and old clothes. Gloves & tools provided.
- Also provided; tea, coffee, juice plus biscuits & cakes too. If possible bring a mug, but we will have some spares.
- Children welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Tell your friends
- Drop in for an hour or two, or bring lunch and stay all day!