Follow our progress running the nursery, watching wild bees, keeping honey bees and creating our own bee-haven in south Oxfordshire

Installing 'flood benches'

The operational plan for rosybee is for my time to be spent doing research and sales and marketing activities rather than watering and moving plants about. Therefore, slightly early in the life of the business, we have invested in flood benches, also known as ebb-flow trays. These are essentially tables with a recessed centre where water can be pumped in and then drain out again to water the plants from below. This has many advantages:

  • Its great for the plants, as they soak up as much or little water as they want and avoid getting thier leaves wet.
  • It is very labour efficient as the watering is completed automated and the benches also move so you can add new stock at one end and take off stock that is ready to sell at the other end.
  • It is also recycles the water and so you use much less.

I managed to get this system second hand which saved quite a bit and made it posslbe to install it now rather than later.   This lot took us two days to install with the help of the very nice man from KG systems.