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
» Total lunar / solar eclipse
by sanderson Today at 3:34 am

» Cutting back on my SFG about 75%
by Kelejan Today at 12:35 am

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Kelejan Today at 12:32 am

» Is a natural breed hybrid GMO parent plants, GMO or not?
by Kelejan Today at 12:30 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in August 2017? 2017
by Kelejan Today at 12:23 am

» Anyone growing fall peas in zone 7 TN
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: August is here!!! 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:17 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:08 pm

» New England August 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:03 pm

» What to do with fallen unripe tomatoes?
by ColleenW Yesterday at 8:14 pm

» 2017 corn pictures
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:41 pm

» Composting Particle Board?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by hammock gal Yesterday at 4:13 pm

» Hello gardener's
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» The Best Steps for Storing Tomatillos
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 11:36 am

» Eggplant - (Japanese) Millionaire
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:10 am

» What I've learned this year
by countrynaturals 8/20/2017, 9:17 pm

» Plumeria ?
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 6:07 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by llama momma 8/20/2017, 1:58 pm

» Baba Ghanoush
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 12:04 pm

» Beets; Don't be intimidated!
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/20/2017, 11:05 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 10:30 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 8/20/2017, 10:09 am

» Caterpillars -Armyworm?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/19/2017, 8:58 pm

» Oregon City Newbie
by trolleydriver 8/19/2017, 1:04 pm

» Newbie Oldbie
by sanderson 8/19/2017, 12:53 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma 8/18/2017, 1:40 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by trolleydriver 8/18/2017, 12:10 pm

» Franken-mato!!!
by hammock gal 8/18/2017, 7:48 am

» Mid-Atl - Aug 2017 - Planning/Planting Fall/Winter Garden
by BeetlesPerSqFt 8/17/2017, 11:05 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Safe soaker hose?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Safe soaker hose?

Post  Youngatheart on 7/16/2010, 5:20 pm

I'm really enjoying my square food garden Smile

I recently decided to add some type of watering system to my boxes so I picked up a soaker hose at Lowe's today...I haven't put it in the garden yet, but I hooked the hose up to the spigot to check the water flow and it looks like it would work really well. The water just oozes slowly from it down the entire length. Then I read on the packaging that it was made from recycled tires and was wondering if there may be a safely issue with using this kind for food, even though it's shown looped around vegetables on the packaging. If so, is there safer one that would work well? What is every ones' choice in soaker hoses?

Also, how many "runs" of hose do I put for a 4X4 box? I figure it's going to be either 2 or 3, but would love some suggestions so I don't have to "experiment" with it...this will be for a new box since all my other ones were planted a couple of months ago and some of the plants are really big. I want to bury it a couple of inches beneath the Mel's Mix before I add seeds to my fall boxes.

Thanks so much,
Rhonda

Youngatheart

Female Posts : 35
Join date : 2010-05-25
Age : 60
Location : NW Florida, Zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Safe soaker hose?

Post  WardinWake on 7/16/2010, 6:21 pm

Howdy R.

I used soaker hoses for the first time this year. I placed a run of hose every 12 inches one to two inches below the surface of Mel's Mix. I found out through trial and error that the slower I ran the water the more the mix became moist throughout the box. If I ran the water at full force the only area that became wet before the water started draining out of the box was the area within 3 inches of the hose.

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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

Soaker hose experience

Post  Joan N on 6/24/2011, 9:32 am

Can you tell me if you used the 1" or 1/4' soaker hose?

Mel's new book mentions soaker hoses every 6" but does not specify which size.

Would love to see a photo of how you designed your system.

Joan N

Posts : 3
Join date : 2011-06-20
Location : Colorado Springs, CO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Safe soaker hose?

Post  martha on 6/24/2011, 11:02 am

Re: photos - me too. I have three soaker hoses and one spigot. I can't figure out how to make this work. (Of course, right now we are in our third day of rain, so I'm good for the moment!)

But the one time I used them so far, I had them looped all around the garden boxes, with buckets of any and all sorts to catch most of the water from the part of the hoses that ran between the boxes. I'm not sure this is how it is supposed to work!
avatar
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Safe soaker hose?

Post  Squat_Johnson on 6/24/2011, 11:39 am

I have used soaker hoses in all my sfg. I didn't like the rubber ones, they kink and dry-rot. I found a 75' hose made of canvas at Walmart ($13) that I have had for 3 years. It is just now showing signs of leaking more in a spot or two. Here is how I used it in my 4' x 24'.

see: http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=28&u=15260516
and more here http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t5681-large-scale-square-foot-gardening

@ martha see http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=27&u=15260516
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: Safe soaker hose?

Post  martha on 6/24/2011, 1:00 pm

If I had a memory left, I might have remembered about the splitters! Thanks, Squat! And good feedback about the canvas soaker hose, too.
avatar
martha

Female Posts : 2188
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Acton, Massachusetts Zone 5b/6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Safe soaker hose?

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