Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Self watering styrofoam planter

I used a foam broccoli box from the local fruit and veg store. I had seen some which used pvc pipes as the wick but as I had lots of empty plastic pots I used these instead. Basically the process is:

  • Cut lid to fit snuggly in the box and draw out where the wicking pots (2) will go
  • Cut holes for the wicking pots that will hold them snuggly in place (plus make a few small holes in each)
  • Tape 2 or 3 support pots in place
  • Cut a hole in the lid for the inlet pipe (retain this foam for float) and punch a decent number of holes throughout the lid
  • Push lid with pots down into box
  • Make an outlet hole just below the level of the lid (add optional pipe eg 13mm poly)
  • Test by filling with water and ensure it drains and add float
  • Pack wicking pots tightly with potting mix and then cover in potting mix to the desired height
  • I chose to plant beetroot and you can see from the last pic that the wicking effect is working well except for the smallest plant at the front sop I might move it a few cm
  • EDIT - i just realised looking at the pics that I need to make the wicking pot longer ie so it reaches to the bottom of the box!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Greenwich Grinder - best 10km run in Sydney

This is fairly local to me and has been my main run for the last few years.  Quite a bit of it is on bush tracks of varying quality and it also covers a lot of nice ground near the harbour.  It has some quite steep bits, eg River Road.

Runkeeper link

From my place I take the following route:

  1. Steep descent down Oscar Street/Gore Street to River Road.
  2. Cross River Road at the public school.
  3. Cross River Road after another 150m to gain entrance to Gore Creek Oval
  4. Jog along the track to the oval and duck behind the toilet block under the big concrete culvert to gain the next section of track.
  5. Continue along track until wooden bridge then exit up stone steps to bottom of "driveway from hell".
  6. Along Ford st then right into Carlotta
  7. Right onto Greenwich Rd then into Shell Park
  8. Exit Shell Park (water stop) track at ferry wharf then continue past Greenwich baths
  9. Down steep left to boat ramp then up steeply to Greenwich point lookout
  10. Continue along Victoria, George St & Manns Ave to Greenwich Rd, passing the entrance to Shell Park again
  11. Right into Chisolm Street, right into Edwin St then right into Vista.
  12. Descend steep stone steps then cross wood bridge over creek.  Loop around left the up stairs on right.
  13. Continue along bush track then exit at Shirley Rd
  14. Cross Shirley Rd and into Badangi Reserve.  Make sure to take a sharp left as indicated in the pic
  15. Continue past some more wooden bridges to gain steep stairs leading to Bridge End in Waverton
  16. Right into Belmont then up some stairs on the left to gain Shirley Rd.
  17. Left at roundabout then left into Milner Crescent.  Right into Carlyle St then up to River rd
  18. A steep descent then climb will land you back at Greenwich rd

Friday, June 29, 2012

Gore Creek Reserve tracks

Below is a copy of some observations on the poor state of trackwork in and around Gore Creek Reserve. I have notified Lane Cove Council and hoping something can be done to improve it. Track conditions – Gore Creek Reserve

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ultimate Euro multipitch ticklist

From Arnaud Petit's excellent coffee table book:

edit - which is available from www.ffme.fr

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

North London Ski Touring

Just did a few runs down Alexandra Palace:


after some recent heavy snowfalls across London. My preferred setup for such an undertaking pictured against the focus

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vallon de Diable ice climbing map

From Camp to Camp. Posting here because C2C can't display it as a web page.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hardin on Tragaldabas

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The route is Tragaldabas 7c