I have made several of Chris Downes wicking boxes and decided to make a tutorial of the process I used to make my version.

You can see the tutorial and download a PDF on my site.

P.S. Thanks again Chris for the demonstration at Lauren's garden visit which inspired me to make this tutorial. (I hope you don't mind).


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Comment by Mike Lacey on June 13, 2014 at 20:53

Thank you Chris, 

The hacksaw alternative is a good idea, I will rewrite that section and mention that (when I can find some spare time).



Comment by Lyn Buffett on June 12, 2014 at 21:21

I have an old water tank from under a caravan that I am going to turn into a reservoir for a self watering pot.  It is about 1.5m long, 60cm wide and about 20cm high.  I'll create a little garden bed on top of it.  

Comment by Chris Downes on June 12, 2014 at 8:20

Yesterday, I redid a garden bed. At the end, I thought to myself, "You know what, I should've taken photos of the process so that I could put them up to show just how easy it really can be". There is no way that I'm going to pull it all apart just for some pics now.

Comment by Chris Downes on June 12, 2014 at 8:14

Not at all Mike. It wasn't my idea but I so love the fact that it is "Upcycling" in such a positive way and believe that this "very simple" idea needs to get out there. Ur tutorial is fantastic Mike. Well done. If I could just make one comment, it would be to use alternatives to the angle grinder to make the construction process applicable to a broader audience. You could use a hack saw to cut the slots, then just bend the "tabs" out, or break/cut them off. The other alternative is to use the drill to drill some holes in the pipes. I notice that Roman doesn't put any holes in his pipes. Each person who picks up the idea seems to be putting their own small improvement on it. Again, well done Mike.

Comment by Lyn Buffett on May 30, 2014 at 12:27
excellent mike. The original design was by Roman Spur. Check out Spurtopia http://spurtopia.blogspot.com.au/
Comment by Louise Staunton on May 30, 2014 at 10:00
great. I have copied to our facebook page and put up a link to your page :-) have you found us if you are on facebook?


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