"And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress and keep it". Genesis 2:15

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our Laundry to Landscape Greywater Project Part 1

We are finally getting our laundry greywater garden project under way. The design we are using is from Art Ludwig's book,"The New Creating an Oasis with Greywater"

We are starting at the garden end and working our way up to the house. Hopefully we will be all done by the time the spring rains are gone.

Here is a picture of one line dug with the mulch basins and pots in the ground. The black flexible water pipe has holes drill on the underside beneath the pots. The pots will be covered over in mulch, keeping all the grey water under ground.

There will be two lines in the garden. I am leaving the back third of the garden without grey water so I can grow root crops. These will be watered with a soaker hose.

Here is the finished installation in the garden with a few plantings.

Some plantings at the end of the garden.

The two lines connect at the top of the garden with a y-fitting. The flexible pipe continues along the back fence where mulch pits will water the fig and blackberries. Then the pipe will be connected to PVC pipe which will run to outside the laundry room. A lever inside the laundry room will allow me to direct the water to the garden or down the drain.

Left to do is the part along the back fence, the run up to the house, and drilling a hole in the laundry room wall. All the fittings for inside are ready.

I am so excited about having more water for my garden. The system will be connectable to the rain barrels we already have, so we can use rain, rain water we have stored, laundry water, or city water. I will post more as we get the project finished and report on how well it works later in the hot dry part of summer.

The plans for this are also available on-line at Oasis Design- Laundry to Landscape Greywater System.

I will leave you with a picture of Marmalade enjoying the trench running through the broccoli and Swiss Chard.

Click here to see part two.

1 comment:

  1. Hey mom, we should've filmed us working in the garden as we put in the line. Then we could've put it on YouTube! That would've been cool.