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May 24, 2009

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anonymous

Do you have step by step instructions for making this? Would really appreciate it. thanks!

robert glenn

I TOO NEED A MORE DETAILED SET OF INSTRUCTIONS

I WANT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE IN A RAISED BED GARDEN I HAVE 10 THAT ARE 4 X 16 FT

CAN YOU HELP ME OUT AND OFFER ANY ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

THANKS

Elaine

This is a great idea. I like that no power tools are required.

Greenscaper Bob

I hear you about more detailed instructions. It's a time consuming job that I plan to do in the near future.

I now have an even easier way to make a sub-irrigated bucket planter and will try to photograph and post it tomorrow.

Thanks for the questions and positive feedback. I appreciate your comments.

Diane

Wouldn't the screen allow too much soil to fall into the water reservoir? I'm not sure that mud would be a good thing.

Greenscaper Bob

Hi Diane, the artificial soil mixes recommended for sub-irrigation should contain NO TOP SOIL, no natural "dirt". If you see "top soil" listed in the ingredients, do not use it.

Artificial soil mixes will not fall through the small mesh size of window screen.

Diane

Bob, I'm using regular el cheapo potting soil. I recycle the "soil" from last year and stir it into the newly purchased stuff.

I've got a few recycled containers for the soil wick and got tired of cutting styrofoam for the pots so bought some foam picnic plates which should work well as platforms in the buckets and round pots.

I already had the woodburning tool (great idea!) and have plenty of batting scraps as I make lots of quilts every year.

Thank you for your very informative site! I'm hoping this system works well here in dry Colorado now that snow season is finally over.

David

Bob,

Do you have plans or ideas for a sub-irrigated square foot garden? I'm giving this some thought as I think both methods are perfect for each other.

David

Greenscaper

Hey David, I've devised a way to make sub-irrigated planter beds. It has the potential to revolutionize square foot gardening. Sub-irrigation will produce plants that are far more productive than those watered by drip irrigation. I see it every day in my research on the web. We are about to start the first portable "community garden" in NYC. It will have an assortment of sub-irrigated boxes, buckets and at least one prototype bed. Stay tuned.

Laralea

I'm also interested in sub-irrigated square foot gardening, a.k.a. self watering containers meets square foot gardening. I'm working on one idea now. I've purchased a large mixing tub, measuring 36.1 x 24.0 x 8.0 at Home Depot for about 11.00. I also purchased a smaller mixing tub. 27.6 x 19.7 x 5.9 for just over 3.00. Since the sides of the tubs are slanted, I will make 4 squares for deep plants or 6 squares for shallow plants. I've seen them online for as much as 40.00+, so HD works for me. The larger tub will sit on the smaller one, which will be the water reservoir. I'm thinking I want to try the wicking method with the nylon rope. If I do that, I will use several wicks which will have one end on the big tub and one end in the small tub. I plan to make a drain hole near the top of the small tub and use a plastic tube to fill it from the top tub. I am still trying to decide whether to use the wicking method or the pond basket. The wicking will be decidedly simpler and less expensive as I will only need the rope and a fill hose and to drill a bunch of holes in the top bucket and a couple in the bottom bucket. I'm also thinking that I might need to build an inexpensive wood frame to take the weight off the filled tub off the bottom tub. I'm using potting soil and mulch as I can't afford and don't need the quantity of vermiculite or peat moss I would have to purchase. Having said that, I may ask a friend to share his Mel's mix with me. I'm an absolute novice, but I'm having fun with my little sidewalk garden in Rock Hill SC and I'll just keep trying different things. Anybody have any thoughts on this idea? How can I post photos here? You can see that mixing buckets at plasgad.com in the Material Handling section - that's from the tag on the ones I purchased.

SF Victory Gardener

Laralea, Any update on your project? I just bought my tubs at Home Depot $11lg24x36x8/$6med. I'm in S. FL so our planting season is just starting - 90 degrees yesterday - yuck!
How was the weight? Did you have to build a frame? I'd like to incorporate the automatic watering too. I'm interested in trying the Lasagna Gardening method - (layering cardboard, peat or coconut coir, compost,peat,grass/yard clippings,peat,compost,bonemeal). I'm using companion planting method and I'll be layering my vegetables - bulbs below(carrots under tomato and onions under brocolli). These tubs are GREAT! I'll have tomatoes/pepper/brocolli/squash in the center(deep) and herbs(basil, parsley, rosemary) in the shallows. BTW. I'm a bit worried that the tub is black...worried about the heat burning up the plants..Any insight?

Greenscaper any update on your design?

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It is a useful information about drip irrigation. I am a farmer and we have very large fields, before drip
irrigation system was found it was a nightmare to irrigate all those fields because where i live is a place
that does not rain so much. Now we use drip irrigation, saving so many water and it is a lot easier to irrigate
the field with that. I am trying to read everything about drip irrigation and i recommend every farmer to use that
technique, so i am grateful for everyone who gives information about it. I also found a very good guide about drip
irrigation and it may be useful too for those who want to learn more information about that;

http://agricultureguide.org/

irrigation systems

It is great information for drip irrigation. I am framer and having 4 farm in my village. And I am going to add drip system in my farm for watering the plant..

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