Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Video Diary: Plants Installation

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Barley Store

The plants brought some fresh live to the construction site. See an installation video below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.


Edible plants layout meeting

Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Barley Store

Sam from Creative Earth Landscaping and Phil Withers (Phillip Withers Landscape Design), met today at the 5×4 site and made some planting decisions about which edible plants will go where and in what order within the 5×4 planter boxes.
While Phil Johnson (Phillip Johnson Landscapes) designed the garden with the help of Phil Withers, Sam will maintain the plants in the coming weeks and educate Ralph on how to best care for them.

Phil Withers, collaborator of Phil Johnson Landscapes, talks with Sam from Creative Earth.

Phil Withers, collaborator of Phil Johnson Landscapes, talks with Sam from Creative Earth.


Mapei – Mapelastic and Mapeflex

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by Barley Store

On the base of our garden boxes we used waterproofing materials from Mapei so that the boxes would not deteriorate when exposed to the elements or buried under a bit of soil.

For this ‘tanking’ process we used two different products from Mapei, an international company specialising in adhesives and sealants. (more…)

Garden Boxes

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

Due to our incredibly small square footage, a garden looked impossible to incorporate. We decided to have garden boxes on the west facing side of the building, utilising the space in the wall.
Having it on the west wall served two purposes:
Firstly, the plants need sunlight to survive, and the afternoon sun will set over Melbourne and during summer they will get full sunlight for about 6 hours a day.
Secondly, whilst the sun brings life for the plants, it also brings unwanted heat to the building, and the inset garden boxes help with absorbing that sun as well as shading the windows from the direct sunlight.


After the walls were secured, the boxes were put in place and the concept began to emerge in practical form!