Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by CapeCoddess Today at 9:15 am

» Garlic Growing Lovers
by bigdogrock Today at 9:06 am

» Kombucha
by CapeCoddess Today at 8:51 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by CapeCoddess Today at 8:48 am

» Garden Progress in Georgia
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:36 am

» Mustard Greens
by CapeCoddess Today at 8:35 am

» Hello from Chino, CA (Zone 10a)
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:31 am

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by CapeCoddess Today at 8:28 am

» EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:23 am

» Carrot Week 2017!
by CapeCoddess Today at 8:17 am

» Sour Dough Starter
by CapeCoddess Today at 8:07 am

» Hello from SE Michigan
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:00 am

» Jaffa's garden - year one
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 7:58 am

» Amaranth
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 7:48 am

» who has chickens
by trolleydriver Today at 7:30 am

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson Today at 3:54 am

» garden ready need better weather
by sanderson Today at 3:44 am

» My first SFGs in 11 years
by sanderson Today at 2:55 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 12:12 am

» Getting Started--It's snowing here today :)
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 10:24 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 10:06 pm

» Spaghetti Squash Recipes
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:50 pm

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:41 pm

» A spring day that was da pits.
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:28 pm

» Double summer squash flower
by RC3291 Yesterday at 7:22 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Yesterday at 4:00 pm

» Ideas needed
by camprn Yesterday at 12:41 pm

» Three Sisters Thursday
by Turan Yesterday at 10:13 am

» Store Bought Compost
by mlpii66 Yesterday at 9:14 am

» Sprouting seeds
by camprn Yesterday at 6:28 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Buried Soaker Hose Problem

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Buried Soaker Hose Problem

Post  Shoda on 5/4/2010, 11:15 am

I buried soaker hose for our SFG beds. Our beds are 11" deep and I put the soaker hose at 6" down. This seems to be too far down considering Mel's Mix is below the hoses. What is happening is that no matter how long we run the hoses, the top 2" say dry.

I mentioned this in another post but wanted to know what other folks are experiencing. I ran the hoses at various pressures and times but still had to top water. Has anyone tried the buried soaker hoses at different depths? I still have a few beds to build and want to try to avoid this issue with them. Any feedback?
avatar
Shoda

Female Posts : 439
Join date : 2010-03-19

View user profile http://www.buzztools.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Buried Soaker Hose Problem

Post  WardinWake on 5/4/2010, 3:55 pm

Shoda:

I buried soaker hoses just below the serface of Mel's Mix to keep the spray from spraying out of the box. When I keep the water pressure very low I get the best watering. I still l need to serface water lightly. One advantage of keeping the water running very low is the sun will warm up the water as it moves down the hose to keep the plants from getting a "cold bath".

God Bless, Ward.
avatar
WardinWake

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 935
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 67
Location : Wake, VA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Buried Soaker Hose Problem

Post  timwardell on 5/4/2010, 10:11 pm

Hmmmm.... it does sound like you could benefit from raising the hoses in future beds. Every set up has it's own little quirks.
avatar
timwardell

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : Frisco, Texas

View user profile http://www.timwardell.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Buried Soaker Hose Problem

Post  Shoda on 6/4/2010, 1:19 am

I guess I wasn't leaving the soaker hose on long enough to fully saturate the Mel's Mis. I still haven't figured out the "golden" number of minutes but I do know that after 6 hours, my SFG beds (and an additional 5 feet of perimeter) were VERY wet.

No I didn't do this on purpose, my timer stuck. However, my plants looked VERY happy after the soaking. Guess they needed a little more water then I was giving them. Time to get a new timer! I am just glad I checked the garden one more time before bed or it would have been on for 15 hours before I caught it. YIKES!

To others with buried soaker hoses: How long do you leave the hoses running?
avatar
Shoda

Female Posts : 439
Join date : 2010-03-19

View user profile http://www.buzztools.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Buried Soaker Hose Problem

Post  Squat_Johnson on 6/4/2010, 6:58 am

I leave mine on for 45 minutes or so. Because they are buried 3 or 4 inches, I don't count on it watering things like lettuce, or seeds I just planted. I spray those with the hose.
avatar
Squat_Johnson

Male Posts : 440
Join date : 2010-05-25
Location : Beaver Dam, Kentucky, zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Buried Soaker Hose Problem

Post  timwardell on 6/4/2010, 9:21 am

I leave mine on 45 minutes to 1 hour. Like blue0801 I don't rely on the soaker hose to water new seedlings. I use a watering can for those squares so I know I'm getting them wet from the top down.

Glad you caught the problem before drowning your plants.
avatar
timwardell

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : Frisco, Texas

View user profile http://www.timwardell.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Buried Soaker Hose Problem

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum