Sunday, January 16, 2011


I finished replacing the liner last weekend, put all 500 pounds of clay back in, then started it up... and the stand pipe was leaking like a sieve.  Grrr.  I just couldn't face moving any more clay, so I procrastinated.  Today I finally pulled the clay back and siliconed thoroughly.  After drying for 3 hours I tested with a pitcher of water (I learned my lesson about putting the clay back without testing).  It was perfect!  I planted the few hardy seedlings that survived the long wait for a permanent home, and it's officially up and running now.  Yay!

Liner laid in:

Smoothed into neat corners:

Stand pipe reinstalled:

View from the end:

Filled with clay:

Close up of lettuce, with pump starting to push water in: