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Post  has55 on Tue 15 Oct 2013, 8:55 pm

Here in north texas, Were getting some nice rain. We need it due to our ongoing drought. My plants are coming along. It sounds like many of you are harvesting fresh vegetable. I wish mines were ready. You lucking dogs, oops, I meant gardeners.Smile 









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Post  s1rGr1nG0 on Thu 17 Oct 2013, 3:54 pm

Man what I wouldn't do for a yard as big as yours.

Consider me sufficiently jealous!!Laughing
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Post  Marc Iverson on Thu 17 Oct 2013, 4:11 pm

Ditto! What a huge and wonderfully well-kept yard!

What's that round green thing in there? I've seen those for controlling faucets, I think, but never right in a bed before.
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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  donnainzone5 on Thu 17 Oct 2013, 7:00 pm

Irrigation valves, I think. I don't quite understand why they're in the raised beds, though.
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Post  southern gardener on Thu 17 Oct 2013, 8:06 pm

It's a worm "bin". He posted somewhere else how he made it...kinda interesting!!
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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  Marc Iverson on Fri 18 Oct 2013, 12:45 am

Oh yeah, I remember now. It's a sort of screened bucket. I've got something like the same thing, only much less neat.
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Re: SFG and the rain

Post  has55 on Fri 18 Oct 2013, 4:38 pm

The field was great when I was younger. Started at two rows then increase planting up to 4000 square feet for 15 yrs, then slowly went down to zero rows. Filed gardening was a lot of work and time, but enjoyable. I saw SFG in the 80's but resisted and justified in my mine it was easier so I could use my troy bilt tiller. Vanity,vanity,vanity cause you not don't think straight or use common sense. Field gardening is great for selling food. But SFG got it beat by a mile for feeding just your family or self without all the hassle.  It' quick and easy. Now that field just lays there and looks at the sky, sometimes it see me when I walk over it.

On that green valve cover, here's two links to videos I did  that might give clarification.


installing a valve cover worm bin in a SFG.


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follow up-adding food to worm bin



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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  bnoles on Fri 18 Oct 2013, 6:36 pm

Hi Austin,

I love your worm bin idea and commented on your other thread.  I also notice that you seem to have a nice irrigation system set up in your beds.  Any hope of a YouTube video showing what you have going on that?

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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  has55 on Sat 19 Oct 2013, 5:51 pm

bnoles, 
I added an update about the worms and irrigation system.
the web address for the aquajet is:http://www.intelligentirrigationllc.com/

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Post  CapeCoddess on Sat 19 Oct 2013, 6:09 pm

Austin, Nice vids, thanks for sharing. Your garden is beautiful and that irrigation system rocks! Is it just the one tube per box or are there others in there? Have you had it up and running very long?

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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  bnoles on Sat 19 Oct 2013, 9:46 pm

Thanks so much Austin, I caught the vid shortly after you uploaded it and left you some comments on YouTube. It was of great benefit to me and you did an excellent job.


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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  has55 on Sun 20 Oct 2013, 12:23 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:Austin, Nice vids, thanks for sharing.  Your garden is beautiful and that irrigation system rocks!  Is it just the one tube per box or are there others in there?  Have you had it up and running very long?  

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CC, I have just one valve cover worm bin box on a few beds. My long beds (4ft x's 16, 4 ft x's 20) has tubes like josh, but are not operational, just in place at this time. 
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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  Marc Iverson on Sun 20 Oct 2013, 12:47 am

Thanks for posting the vids, very helpful.

I like your watering system, too. Looks like it's almost impossible to lose any water to evaporation.
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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  has55 on Mon 21 Oct 2013, 5:25 pm

it also has no overspray into the street from the ones I have installed in the yard. Here's a link with further info. Remember earthmister does not exist now. Awaiting Aquajet,hopefully soon. But this still is some good info.


What The Earthmister Can't Do





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Post  Marc Iverson on Mon 21 Oct 2013, 10:39 pm

And also, no splashback of soil onto the plants, something I really try hard to avoid.
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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  has55 on Wed 09 Apr 2014, 2:33 am

I found that my worm are back to work and the wide worm bins food has drop 6 inches. So I pretty happy to see the worm are fast at work. 



I mistakenly did not looked into the plain worm tubes like Josh made because I had plan to change them out to the wide worm bins. This did not occurred. I looked into the last six tubes and found the worms had completely consumed the food which was approx two feet of food in height per tube.



 I going to add more food hoping they are still around and see what happens.
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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  Marc Iverson on Thu 10 Apr 2014, 3:23 am

Even if the worm poop is not in your containers, wherever it is, it's doing good. Victory!

Last year I planted two containers into the ground like you did, and after filling them with stuff, covering them, and checking occasionally, forgot about them over the winter. No action in one of them, but in the other I found rich worm castings. I don't think the worms care what kind of tube or container you use; you can still succeed. On the other hand, you can do what seems to be everything right and in one spot find plenty of worm castings and in another a few feet away find no evidence of worm visits at all. I guess there's just a certain randomness involved.
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Re: SFG, the rain and a worm bin

Post  has55 on Thu 10 Apr 2014, 8:49 am

thank you Marc for the info. That's helpful to know in this experiment.
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