Attempt 1 went pretty well. We have learnt plenty for Attempt 2.


Lessons learnt for next time:

  1. We’ll use the base of the steel rod as it’s more stable to counter rest on the wall for extra support.
  2. We’ll need a sturdier end attachment (or proper pulley-wheel) for the rope to thread through. 
  3. We’ll need a single piece of rope with no knots. ( knots put too much pressure on the end thread piece and we lost the end piece due to a big knot ) 
  4. Having someone on the ground in the river would be useful for filling up the bucket as it’s hard to get the right angle to make the bucket fill itself up. 
  5. It’s potentially a 3 or 4 person job. (2 in the river with rubber boots – good to have 2 for looking out for each other and 2 at the top for pulling, lifting, emptying.) 

attempt1a attempt1b

Even after loosing the end attachment (easily salvageable later) in the bushes below we still managed to get a quarter watering can. It can be done!

It looks set to rain a little this week and the Persistence Works artists will let us have some water to keep us going on Friday/Saturday. So there’s still chance to get a decent pulley system up and running in time for the future dry months ahead.

We only need a better rope and thread piece, and an enthusiastic team, all welcome!


To make things more obvious at the Huerta, rainwater symbols have been painted onto the water containers. We have run out of water nether the less. Even though it has rained somewhat over the last 2 months, not enough has collected in the water bins to keep things going.


While using the last full watering can on some freshly sown Yarrow and Mustard seeds, the sounds of the Porter Brook River on the other side of the wall tauntingly tantalises the Huerta and all her plant friends.

An inexhaustible, autonomous, fresh water supply so close, yet so far. A mere 30ft drop away.


IDEA – To create a pulley system. So in summer and any dry winter months, the water bins can be refilled with relative ease and we won’t have to pester the Persistence Works artist community to lug buckets to and from their art studios.


(click photo for larger view)

A steal support rod is conveniently already in place, the rest of the pulley just needs to be attached. Using scaffolding parts this will be first attempted later today. Watch this space to see how it goes.

If you have any spare pulley parts you think might work please get in touch.

To get things looking less barren and give the soil some cover, I’ve planted some window sill grown lemon balm, catnip and dill plants.  They’re now free range!

Although the builder’s pipe work debris mostly consisting of concrete chunks and bricks isn’t far below the surface.  These little plants should be able to handle it for now, but in the long run we hope to dig out more of these hefty boulders and replace the deficit by mixing in fresh compost instead.

The South Wall bed has been sown with Mustard seeds to provide emergency soil coverage, and some yarrow and borage herb seeds near the leafmould heap end.


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It’s been late to plant this spring at the Huerta.  Due to the heating pipes being dug up underneath the beds again. This time the Huerta was completely sealed off while the workmen did their job. The gate bed was half dug up, but half left intact. At least we didn’t loose a fig tree to the carnage this time.


You can click on this photo for a larger version, to see how drastic it all was – full size!

Walking tree onions looking lush!

Update on the Huerta from March 2012:

Happy rocket bed!

Beautiful rocket flower - very tasty!

Winter peas needed stringing up

Garlic bed

Broad beans in the bed

Closeup of broad beans

Parsley covering the bed


Grape vine and roots in one corner, hops the other 🙂

The leaves!

Oriental mustard taking over!

St Johns..

The silvery sorrel! Must have for any garden!



Heres a few photos of the Huerta from February when it snowed! Although the snow doesn’t last at the Huerta as its generally warmer down there than anywhere else!

Herbs looking well

Rocket rocket rocket!

Peas looking good after the november sowing. Bit wind shocked!

Garlic showing through the snow

Broad beans after November sowing

Herbs waiting for the spring!

Making compost and herbs

Root and a shoot french tarragon potted on!

Closeup of the broad beans sown direct in November

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