This is a different variety of poppy from our others. It is an Icelandic poppy. The Icelandic poppy is slightly smaller, and the color is a different shade of orange. The petals of the flower are much more delicate and textured. Were as our other poppies last around a week, these are lucky to last more than 24 hours.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The original seedings we placed in the self watering planter didn't react well to being placed outside, so we got some new ones from a local organic farm. As you can see these are very robust and have been doing well.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We have a number of varieties of poppies in our front yard. They do extremely well here in the harsh sun and the bees love them. They also peak a bit later than the irises to make the color of spring last a bit longer.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
A hoop house is a poor mans green house that uses plastic sheeting wrapped over flexible piping to form a roof. It allows you to buffer the plants from the variable spring weather we have here in Colorado. I made a very simple one here that just drapes the plastic over a wire frame so that I can still easily access the plants. If it works out, I'll build a more substantial one using PVC pipe.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The drain pipes are loose in the tub.
To keep them from shifting, soil is packed around the pipes to just over the top of the pipe. The soil helps to wick the water through out the bottom of the planter.
Next a layer of low density fill is placed on top of the layer of soil. In this case we used a product made out of coconut husks. This layer is where the bulk of the plant lives, while its roots dive into the moist soil layer to drink.
On top of this layer is placed wood chips to act a mulch, and to help reduce evaporation.
We will see this summer how well this works.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
To create a cavity under the soil I used perforated plastic drainage pipe. The pipe is covered with a fabric sleeve to keep the cavity from filling with soil.
At the end of the each pipe I added a section of smaller pipe to function as a fill spout.
This is then covered with fabric and secured with zip ties.
The two pipes are then fitted into the lined bath tub.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The idea behind a self-watering planter is that you create a reservoir inside of the planter to keep your plants hydrated. Before installing the reservoir, I need to construct a floor to support the cavity.
For this I used a few 2x4's supported by cross members secured to the exterior walls.
Once the floor was in place, a bath tub was created by lining the container with heavy gauge plastic sheeting.