How our garden grows
This past week we’ve been working on getting our watering system up and running AND also making some Vegetable Trellises for some of our plants to grow on! We’ll show how we made each of these this week
In our area we have secondary water which is basically river water piped to each house. It’s great to have plenty of relatively inexpensive water for use in the yard! (our water bill much appreciates it!) But, there are a couple of draw backs… the city filters out the big stuff (ie: twigs, rocks, debris) in addition each home has to have an additional filter on their sprinkling system and we have an even smaller filter on our garden bed drip system.
Inside this box is also a pressure reducer, to keep the pressure low enough not to blow the drip lines:
Each of our beds is set up with a drip line system that waters only where the line runs this has several benefits, the biggest being weed control! Weeds can’t grow without water and if the water is only going to the base of each plant instead of watering the entire bed, then the weeds won’t be able to survive
We get our drip line components from Berry Hill Irrigation.com, who normally work with large farmers but are happy to work with smaller gardeners as well. Each bed has PVC pipe that runs from the filter and the pressure reducer into each individual garden bed. Then we buy the fittings that attach the drip tape to the PVC pipe, but they’ll help you with all of that information at Berry Hill. We buy 15 mil drip tape, which is the thickness of the plastic. (we get the most heavy duty cuz we use it for several years). We buy the drip tape with emitters/holes every 8 inches. Be sure and buy 8 inch or 12 inch emitters for a normal garden.
You can use landscaping staples or simple wooden stakes to control where the drip tape runs in the bed. We buy the most heavy duty drip tape so it only needs to be replaced about every 5 years.
Using the drip tapes also ensures we won’t waste water because each little plant only gets the water it needs without watering the whole bed! We can also change the volume of water bed by bed by either turning that garden bed’s individual valve or increasing/decreasing the amount of time on the sprinkler controller.
You can go as far purchasing a fertilizer injection system to use with this drip tape BUT that’s more a farm use and we don’t do that!
Vegetable Trellis otherwise known as hog wire on T-posts
All you do is buy some hog wire, some T-posts, and 14 gauge wire at your local Cal Ranch store! (or whatever farm supply store is by you!)
Using a T-post driver or a sledge hammer pound T-posts into the ground
Then attach hog wire to T-posts with 14 gauge wire or bailing wire or T-post clips if ya got ‘em
This greatly helps in growing cantaloupe, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, tomitillos, even butternut winter squash if it doesn’t get too heavy. Vegetable Trellises keep the produce from bugs, slugs, and mildew. Also this system makes it much easier to harvest because nothing can hide. You can grow a lot more in a lot less space using vegetable trellises!
In the back yard we have some Vegetable Trellises built with wooden posts instead of T-post but the idea is the same:
Well, that about does ‘er for this week of How our garden grows