Block Paving bricks, quick-path holder design
Block Paving bricks are everywhere due to the popularity of converting front gardens into ‘Car parking’ drives and are now a common waste material. These used mossy bricks can often be found for free or very little money. Be aware they do come in two different thicknesses. Its best to keep the block used in this holder the thinner 50mm blocks.
The idea behind this design is to make use of these waste bricks to create a 1.1m section of path for use between our Sunken Tugboat planting beds that can be put down and taken up easily if the beds are adjusted due to crop rotation. Setting into the soil 11 of these bricks to create a 1.1m path would take about 40 minutes with this design we only use 8 bricks not 11 to achieve a 1.1m section and its instant deployment. You either drag this brick holder by its rope handles into its new position or if you find it too heavy, tip out the 8 bricks then refill the holder a couple of bricks at a time once its in its new position.
As with all my designs it has standardised dimensions is reusable and has more than one function.
With this design the recycled plastic side runners raise the bricks out of the soil and create a void under this path which allows for easy drainage. Also as with my simple duckboard design we can spread leaf litter or compost within the void to create a safe haven to encourage worms. Over the season they will break down the material in the void into high value wormcasts.
This is one half of a demonstration prototype model using currently available recycled plastic timber (25mm).
The overall length of the carrier is 1.1m with a nylon rope handle at either end.
The waste Block Paving carrier hold x8 bricks, four on either side of x3 dividing 4″x 2″ wooden blocks.
+ Your allotment / garden path is raised suspended off the ground by the recycled plastic sides which will not rot.
+ They can be quickly and easily moved on resetting beds at the start of the year due to planting bed rotation.
+ The path is always dry as water flows into void, never pooling.
+ Soil can be heaped against the carrier to create quickly one side of a raised / mounded bed.