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Post  ndgarden on 10/30/2010, 9:54 am

Hello,

I have 2, 2x8 ft gardens in my garage (heated) this winter. I have 3/8" plywood for the base, and currently have 1/4" holes every 4 inches or so. I'm wondering if this is enough for drainage?

Thanks,

John

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Post  Megan on 10/30/2010, 10:06 am

Welcome John! I don't know the answer to your question, but I'm sure someone here will have some great advice for you. glad you\'re here

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Post  Furbalsmom on 10/30/2010, 11:27 am

Welcome John!

Sounds like you have enough drainage holes in place. I found a posting by Boffer using the search feature under Table Top
"For beds 4x4 and smaller, the simplest solution is to attach a piece of 3/4 inch plywood, with a couple 1/4 inch drain holes in each square, to the bottom of your box"
2 X 8 would have the same surface and volume as 4 X 4, so I think you are fine.

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Post  ndgarden on 10/30/2010, 3:28 pm

Thanks, I'm probably on the right track then.

Adding my new T5 flourescents tonight, I'll post a pic of that as well as my outdoor gardens that withstood 60mph winds and a blizzard last week.

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Post  camprn on 10/30/2010, 4:13 pm

glad you\'re here to the Forum!

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Post  ander217 on 10/31/2010, 3:34 pm

Welcome, ndgarden. Can't wait to see your photos. I've been wondering about a winter garden and I'll look forward to any information you can give us.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 10/31/2010, 6:53 pm

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Post  WardinWake on 11/1/2010, 11:23 am

@ndgarden wrote:Hello,

I have 2, 2x8 ft gardens in my garage (heated) this winter. I have 3/8" plywood for the base, and currently have 1/4" holes every 4 inches or so. I'm wondering if this is enough for drainage?

Thanks,

John

Howdy John:

According to the book, "ALL NEW Square Foot Gardening", Mel recommends one 1/4 inch hole for each square plus an extra in each corner of the box. You are on the right path. In my TT boxes I have used the 12 inch rule on some and on others I have them every 8 inches or so and all are working great. Also on some of my "salvaged" table top boxes the water drains around the sides so no extra holes were needed.

God Bless, Ward and Mary.

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