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Post  CindiLou on 7/31/2012, 10:19 pm

I tried the gravity fed grids. They don't work on 4x6s but I am going to use it on my tomatoes in the 2x6.

Ben got two more made today. So my main beds that are planted I can water much easier.

This is the bean bed. The beans did not do so well in the drought..ok..I did not do so well with the watering! I tore them out today and Ben put the grid in. I will replant them in a couple of days. I have time to harvest another batch before frost. The plants in there are stevia and a nasturtium.


This one has peppers, brussel sprouts, carrots, and chard. The broccoli is done so was pulled. I am going to plant more carrots in there I think. It has had the grid for a couple of weeks now.


This is the tomato bed...Poor things. I think they will perk up good now that watering is more regular. No matter how hot it is I have no excuse for not going and turning on a faucet!


Of course now with the drought the grass is dormant. The brown is depressing. This area is so pretty green usually! It is the wettest part of the yard! I hope not dead! I hate it when I walk on it and it crunches.

We are going to splinter the three 4x6s into one when he gets the last one done. It has a pumpkin and a loofah so their squares are mulched and landscape fabric on the rest for weed control. I don't want to plant that one as the pumpkin can sprawl all over if it wishes. The loofah goes over the wood frame on top.

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Post  moldeen85 on 2/1/2013, 12:30 pm

I love this system Cindi, it looks lovely too. Did it work well for you throughout the year?

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Post  CindiLou on 2/1/2013, 1:13 pm

It worked great!

I am now putting together the grids for the rest of my beds and hubby is going to connect the ones together that are close to each other. That way I don't have to move the hose so often.

And I am getting a timer to shut them off because sometimes I end up leaving and forget I have the hose on! I set an alarm on my phone but that does me no good if I am not home affraid

My water bill was not sky high as I used only what I needed and there was no waste!

Oh and I am going to mulch this year. I never did and I think it will help big time! Especially the plants that leave a large open area as tomatoes, broccoli, etc!

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Post  CindiLou on 2/1/2013, 1:15 pm

Looking at the pictures Sad My poor yard! Usually that area is a lush green carpet that requires extra mowing!

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Post  moldeen85 on 2/1/2013, 1:27 pm

I'm trying to decide which of two systems to set up to my rain barrel set up I'm planning to put together, the drip lines or the pvc. How did you decide what you wanted to use? I mean, I know there are a hundred reasons why I want one of these - first and fore most being conservation. But I need to consider price and ease of construction, too... as I'm doing all this on my own. Shocked What size are your lines?

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Post  CindiLou on 2/1/2013, 1:41 pm

I did not put them up to my rainbarrels. My barrels are to far away.
But I tried the pvc with a bucket system and it will work for 4x4s but not my 4x6s. By the time the buckets got high enough to work they were too high for me to fill! I am only 5'2" lol.

I am going to set up my two 4x4s I have together with the pvc and a rainbarrel. The other will have to be a bucket system because it is around the corner.

I am also setting up pvc/buckets for a couple of 2x4s I have and then another for my herb bed that is in my gnome garden. My herb bed is a raised bed bed...so don't quite know if that will work.

I'll see..I will definitely have to DECORATE anything I do with that one! It is in a decorated garden by my front door.

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