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Post  RbtroNPX on 7/20/2011, 5:26 pm

The humidity or lack of it here in Phoenix during the Summer really challenges the Square Foot Garden. I am going totry solving this with a bubbler system.

I am experimenting with a more controlled context.

I obtained 20 ft of 12" schedual 40 PVC pipe, which I cut to 2-10 ' lengths. Laying the pipe on its side I drilled 5" holes on 12" centers and capped the ends, filled the pipe with Mels Mix and presently have a porous hose running on top of the potting mix.

My first planting is now growing fully cantelope, Crooked neck squash, Acorn squash(not yet producing) and Zuchini squash(not yet producing.

I have been watering for 3 min/day, and that seems to be adequate.

My plan is to harvest overflow to a catch basin and reuse it.

The downside so far is the cost of the pipe $260.00 for 20'. the end caps are way over priced so I have had to jury rig it while waiting for a better solution.

My main interest for gardening is survival. I am 73 yrs old and would like to insure my family has the knowledge to be self sufficient in this regard.

Mel Barthholomew has done a nice job with his Square Foot Gardening book. which has been a time saver.

Bob

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Post  happycamper on 7/20/2011, 5:46 pm

Your project sounds wonderful. If you could post a picture at some point I would love to see it. Happy gardening!
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Post  pattipan on 7/20/2011, 7:16 pm

Welcome to the forum, Bob!

Your round foot garden sounds fascinating! I too would love to see pictures of it.

I admire your desire to educate the next generation. I grew up in a gardening family and it was a matter of survival -- 7 mouths to feed on a miniscule income. All my sisters and brothers garden now as well as our children. The main difference is that my children have SFG's like their parents!

Oh yeah, and the learning can go both ways! This year we helped my 82 year old father set up an 8' x 4' SFG for tomatoes, cucumbers and marigolds. He is amazed at how easy it is to take care of!

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 7/20/2011, 9:42 pm

Welcome aboard! That sounds like a pretty cool idea. I hope you keep us posted on your progress.
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Post  shannon1 on 7/23/2011, 4:51 am

Bob,
Glad to have you. I hope you have better luck teaching your family than I have with mine. They are content to just eat my veggies
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Post  Furbalsmom on 7/23/2011, 1:29 pm

Bob

Your "Round Foot Option sounds like a great idea. Hope you will share pictures with us. Each area has its own challanges and looks like you are trying to overcome yours.
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