As an environmental science graduate with 10 years working as a water engineer I have some understanding of the principles used in the my soil Hydro-driver design. Through this website I have come up with low-tech solutions that upcycle skipped ‘construction site’ waste materials (mainly pallets & Heras panels) with the aim to improve productivity on your plot.
Also this construction phase can take place during the warming early months of the growing season (March – April – e.May) when the soil has softened and not much growing is going on. This can also help people to improve your DIY skills as all my designs are kept simple using KISS, ‘Keep It stupid simple’. Always using basic tools, fastest construction time and low cost.
The main aim of this website is to promote Sunken Tugboat vegetable growing beds; my pallet wood soil Hydro-driver concept and the usefulness of Wood chip socks as well as the ‘Semi-raised deep-bed’ (Alan Titchmarsh) approach but dug using a lightweight sharpened spade in a laid over, thin slithers, chevron herringbone pattern to dry soil from their winter soaking. All to aid planting success and hopefully avoiding early disenchantment, which is a given in heavy London clay type soils.
But also to encourage allotments to people that feel it is too much hard work, it doesn’t have to be if your use a little bit of the old grey matter.
Allotmenteering: (urban dictionary definition)
Keeping fit by working on an allotment
Digging; planting,weeding and watering all in the outdoors is a free workout called allotmenteering