Before we enthusiastically start gardening, especially those related to introducing changes, let's settle, where in our garden there are electricity and water sources. It's best to make your own garden map, on which we will mark their course and which we will update on a regular basis.
If we enrich the garden with a new facility, e.g.. a greenhouse or a water garden, its distance from the source of water and electricity can have a significant impact on the final cost of the entire project. It is therefore important to plan such sources wisely. If access to the tap is inconvenient, little use for it. It is similar with the source of electricity. If we are building a terrace or patio, let's consider the location carefully, so that they do not accidentally end up in place, through which in the future we will have to lead water or electricity to another part of the garden. The implementation of such installations should always be entrusted to professionals. Making any modifications on your own can end tragically.
Gas, water and electricity
Before we build any element of small garden architecture, let's get acquainted with the arrangement of gas installations, water and electricity in our garden. No structures with a foundation should be built on them.
Gas does not have much to do with the garden, but the ducts and vents definitely do. Let's check it regularly, whether their creepers are overgrown.
The most important thing in the garden is water. It's worth it, that at least one faucet is installed outdoors. If we have the opportunity, let's also install an additional one next to the vegetable patch, and if we are lovers of shiny cars – another one by the garage.
You can do without electricity in the garden, however, properly distributed sources of electricity will make our lives much easier, starting with night lighting, ending with electric garden equipment. Let's remember, that all external sockets are watertight and equipped with additional fuses in the fuse box. The power source should be in the patio, greenhouse, garden house or gazebo.
Proper execution of the installation, especially in a greenhouse or in a water garden, is of great importance. If we install soil heating pipes in the greenhouse, fans, pumps and lighting, energy demand will be quite large. Therefore, the selection of the right electrical cables should be entrusted to a professional. The same applies to devices powered by three-phase current.
In the case of lighting, it is worth using transformers that change the mains voltage to low, much safer order voltage 12 V. Solar powered lamps are still quite expensive, however, modern solutions based on LED diodes may soon turn out to be both a very practical solution, and ecological.