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Watering time is sucking the fun out of gardening.

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Post  B00kemdano on 4/18/2012, 8:45 pm

I use a 2 gallon watering can that I fill from my rain barrels. I rather enjoy the 20 min or so that it takes me to water my 50ish sq ft.

But then again.... I have toddlers... Shocked
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Post  rod champion on 4/18/2012, 8:54 pm

how about some mulch to deep moisture in...

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Post  Cincinnati on 4/20/2012, 1:03 pm

plantoid wrote:.. don't water tthe whole square or the whole bed ..

It's in pages 137 to 141 of the ANSFG book 2006 edition.

I don't remember Mel recommending a moisture meter. I do remember him recommending watering only those plants that look like they need it. I never thought that if you plant 4 or 9 per square that you would not water the entire square but rather an individual plant.

Mel said to observe the plants, and water when they look like they need it. I think it better for food production to not wait until a plant starts to wilt to water it. I observe the soil daily. When it has reached a stage of "just about bone dry", I water. At that point, air has infiltrated the soil, giving Oxygen to the roots and organisms in the soil, and it's time for more water.

Mel does say that his "soil" dries much more quickly than regular dirt.

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Post  jkahn2eb on 4/20/2012, 3:28 pm

2/3 of the way done with hooking up my drip systems... lots of 1/4" lines coming off the 1/2 inch line. My thumbs are scraped and sore from installing so many of those buggers. But got the timer and valves working which is a big plus!
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Post  llama momma on 4/20/2012, 3:45 pm

B00kemdano wrote:I use a 2 gallon watering can that I fill from my rain barrels. I rather enjoy the 20 min or so that it takes me to water my 50ish sq ft.

But then again.... I have toddlers... Shocked

Agree, I have 80 sq ft and with my padded footstool I sit and water cup by cup and get a good look at the progress of everything. The last box is a tabletop and nothing's easier than standing there too. For quicker watering times I put the hose nozzle on gentle spray and I'm done with everything in no time.
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Post  CindiLou on 4/20/2012, 10:13 pm

I use the cup method mostly. Makes me slow down and see what is going on. The watering can is something I keep handy for such as onions and garlic..need to water the whole square for that. I have a rain wand for when we have been low on rain. I have enough hose to run to the beds, but my water bill would go sky high lol..so dont use that often.

The best method I have found for watering is a 5 yr old ! He will haul can after can "need to water, NaNa"..
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Post  ScottInGuam on 4/21/2012, 8:30 am

where is the thumbs up button for that one?!?
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Post  southern gardener on 2/28/2013, 4:19 pm

I'm having problems watering too. The water is just going straight down, not spreading out to water. It's taking so long to water one box, it's crazy. The soil under the mm seems to wick the water down. We've tried soakers, sprayers, same problem...anyone else?
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Post  Coelli on 2/28/2013, 8:15 pm

I just want to second, third, tenth the suggestion to install drip irrigation. It's not difficult to do or very expensive and saves SO MUCH TIME. Last year I just did soaker hose, but since I rebuilt the beds this year I'm installing multi-stream bubblers between each square lengthwise. I have one 3x12 box done and the multi-stream bubblers give more than enough coverage to saturate the squares. The problem I had with the soaker hose was it felt like the middle of the squares stayed dry (especially here in SoCal, where it gets HOT and the beds are thirsty).

I have the system hooked up to a timer and it's connected to my hose faucet. I love the garden but with so many other commitments, reducing the amount of time spent watering was crucial.
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Post  johnsonjlj on 3/1/2013, 5:50 am

I don't just garden for my household, but also for my husband's parents and grandmother (who live next door) and my mother. Even doing SFG, that means a larger garden. We're installing a drip irrigation system this year. Watering with a wand or sprinkler system caused problems last year for us, in the form of powdery mildew. Watering this large of a garden by hand isn't realistic. I can spend more time with my plants by letting the timed irrigation system handle with watering, especially since I work 2 jobs. Smile
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Post  Hardcoir on 3/1/2013, 11:07 am

Watering and weeding were the two reasons I did not expand for years. SFG basically ended weeding problems, but I still hated going outside to water at 4:30 to 5:30 AM.

Since we can have days and days of plus 100-degree temperatures and temperatures that stay above 95 from 9AM until 9PM, it was the only way to keep crops alive.

Then, when we discovered self-watering containers, it made life so much easier. If you do it right, through intensive methods and using Mel's mix, you can harvest more per square foot with self-watering containers than any other method. At the present time, I am even growing lettuce and parsley indoors in self-watering containers under strong grow lights. It's amazing how fast they are growing, and by adding a little extra to Mel's Mix, I am also squeezing in more per square foot. I cannot wait to see the results in the outdoor containers.

There are many simple plans online that will show you how to make your own self-watering containers, or you can buy them at garden centers. I have used 5-gallon buckets, epsom salt buckets, and Rubbermaid totes to make our containers, and aside from the lack of aesthetic beauty, which I really don't care that much about, it will extend our harvest by 50-75% (I hope).

Do a youtube search for self-watering containers, and you will get several different methods. Most are relatively easy. If I can do it with 10 thumbs, then anybody can.
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