Weed free garden paths and moving a water faucet.

 I didn’t install this lovely vegetable garden, but Nancy asked us to do a little tweaking. I think the main problem was weeds in the pathway, but there was more to be done. The raised beds had settled and were covered with weeds, so we spent quite a bit of time pulling the weeds and then adding several inches of compost to raise the height of the growing medium. Here’s the overview:

A designer vegetable garden in progress

A designer vegetable garden in progress

On what I think is an amusing note, I forgot the camera on the first day and with my type of step by step description, there’s no going back. Added to that, Dekie had changed the camera settings to black and white for some of her art work—and I didn’t notice. It should be interesting. We decided to put landscape fabric in the pathways to help control the weeds. Notice the corner fastened by staples furnished with the fabric. When we ran out of staples, we used large nails to hold the fabric down.

Installing landscape fabric for weed control in garden pathways.

Installing landscape fabric for weed control in garden pathways.

It took a lot of cutting and fitting to get it just right, but when finished, the fabric job looked like this:

landscape fabric installed and fastened with pins

landscape fabric installed and fastened with pins

The person who did the initial installation had put a faucet down in the ground inside the center bed. This was hard to get to, plants grew over it and hid it in the growing season, and the location was just totally unsatisfactory. We decided to move it to a better location.

garden faucet in the wrong place

garden faucet in the wrong place

I decided that we would leave the faucet in the ground to be used as a shut off valve in the winter. This seemed to be the easiest and most effective manner for the hookup. We dug out around the faucet

step one in moving a faucet

step one in moving a faucet

I bought an adaptor to change the hose thread on the faucet to standard pipe threads. FHT=Female hose threads, FIP=female pipe threads.

I needed to change the direction of the pipe, so I used a ¾ street ell. Notice that the threads are wrapped with Teflon tape to keep the joint from leaking.

street ell with teflon tape

street ell with teflon tape

The street ell installed

Adapting garden faucet to pvc pipe

Adapting garden faucet to pvc pipe

I added a 90 degree elbow and turned it toward the direction the pipe would run.

add an elbow and twist to the right direction

add an elbow and twist to the right direction

Here’s the pipe in the ground running to the fence.

moving a garden faucet. pipe layout

moving a garden faucet. pipe layout

The faucet is installed (using Teflon tape) and the pipe is fastened to the fence post with zip ties.

move a garden faucet. finished project

move a garden faucet. finished project

Here’s a picture of the fabric and plumbing installed:

designer veggie garden with fabric and faucet relocated. Ready to add cypress mulch

designer veggie garden with fabric and faucet relocated. Ready to add cypress mulch

We talked about all sorts of coverings for the pathways and decided on cypress wood chips. We spread the chips and were very happy with the results. It took 50-2 cubic foot bags of cypress chips

Designer vegetable garden with weed free pathway of cypress mulch

Designer vegetable garden with weed free pathway of cypress mulch

Now, all Nancy has to do is add plants and water. Yay. (I’ll check the color settings before writing another post)

Click here to find more tips on working with pvc pipe

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 13:57:44

    John,
    A good thing about a black and white image is it shows that color is not necessary to produce good design. Mawi

    Reply

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