Plano Victory Garden - Spring 2011

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yourownvictorygarden Greg Holdsworth, contributor
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My Victory Garden so far. Hope yours is growing like mad as well. Cheers!


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TobbyCooper writes: Your all submitions are favourite
Posted: 2:10 am on January 29th
Emily_Rose writes: i love all the design. nice
Posted: 5:59 am on December 18th
kenackr writes: WOW! Great garden! Very impressive, I live down near Corpus Christi and am just starting a trial garden now to see how it goes. This past year with all the water restrictions in place made me think a lot about a backyard garden. I intend to capture as much rain water as possible from the house roof, store that in containers and supplement with city water as required.

There's nothing in a grocery store that tastes as good as something today fresh from your own backyard.

How much time do you spend on the garden on a daily basis?
Posted: 1:28 pm on March 17th
Turbotee writes: Thanks Greg,

Very informative info. Drip irrigtaion is great but you have to keep an eye on it. One broken hose and you don't get enough pressure to the other drippers and in hot weather it is a death sentence.

I must have 2400 ft of 1/2 inch in my flower beds. I have 3 six circuit timers, 4sets of valves (20 total valves for the beds, lawn and trees) with 3 circuits in each bed thatare set for different watering schedules, plus there are 2 sets of those 3 lines in each flowerbed. The beds are about 12 feet wide and I thought it would be better to have the 1/2 tubing running down each side to avoid tripping over a bunch of long 1/4 inch hoses running from a single set. I have over 400 linear feet of flower beds that are from 5 to 15 feet wide. I created a monster. I also have ornamental trees on timers with basins and bubblers. And that doesn't count my vegi garden I am starting.

My ornamental garden is looking really poor due to health issues and the gophers having at it. I have been down with a bad hip and back for about 5 years and the garden has suffered greatly. It takes a lot of work to maintain all of that. I just had 1 hip replaced in October and low back surgery in July so I am ready to get going again. The raised vegi beds are a monument to my return! Yikes!!!

Have you ever used the 1/4 soaker hose around plants that need more water. I use long lengths of it in my Iris beds and they work great. I get about 2 years out of them before they clog up or deteriorate. On individual plants I use a loop about 12 inches in diameter. It propbably drips 3 gallons per hour. I was thinkng about using something like that around my tomato plants. I want to avoid getting the leaves wet. What do you think about that? Are you using what they call flag sprayers? They are adjustable.

Have you tried any lettuce or is it too hot where you live?

Do you have any fruit trees If so, what do you use for irrigation? The nursery here plants his fruit trees on mounds of soil about 12 inches high and 36 inches in diameter and uses drip irrigation with multiple drippers. It must work pretty good as his trees look great with lots of fruit.

Right now I am battling a "Pesky Wabbit!" The little sucker is munching my strawberry plants. I was reading about using a deterrent that is a combination of coyote and bobcat urine. So I decided to leave a little of my own near the plants and guess what... no more rabbit damage. I must have some coyote in me! Ha Ha.

Thanks
Posted: 12:15 am on September 19th
yourownvictorygarden writes: @Turbotee: This year I spent about $200 and installed a drip/spray irrigation system. I wished I had done it YEARS ago. WOW, what I difference it has made! Especially with how bad Texas has been hit this year.

My garden is pretty large (approx. 25' x 50'), so that $200 was actually a STEAL, considering the lack of stress and time saved watering it. That said, I still am out there on a regular basis, looking at everything and keeping up with various maintenance tasks. In other words, the watering system is NOT an excuse to ignore your garden. Any help with watering is good in my eye.

Connections:
I have the larger tubing connecting all of the raised beds and the in-ground areas (vine crop beds and tomato 'cages'), and it all terminates at the main city faucet.

Timer:
I have a timer on it and it goes on every day (unless it rains or I am spraying/foliar feeding the plants) for an hour twice a day (6am & 6pm).

Watering Method #1:
At each raised bed, the larger tubing runs along one side of it, and then smaller drip hoses run perpendicular to that, forming a 'fork' shape.

Watering Method #2:
The vine crop and tomato cage areas (areas that are not planted in raised beds) have the larger tubing with spray nozzles placed right at the main stem areas. What's nice about these spray nozzles is that they are adjustable. I have them set to only spray the water about 4-5".

So, to get back to your situation, you would definitely need a good timer. The plants that needed more water could use the spray nozzles and the plants that needed less water could use the drip hoses.

I also have a line and spray nozzle going to my compost pile to keep it moist. It's usually off, but every 3 days or so I turn it on for that day, then shut it off again.

You should also consider shading the plants that can tolerate it (mainly your 'leaf' crops). It will keep the soil moist longer.

The construction or hardware cloth is a good solution to keep the big critters out. Don't skimp on the price and get the thicker 'gauge' stuff with smaller diameter mesh.

Don't know if any of that helped. Good luck.

Posted: 11:10 pm on September 18th
Turbotee writes: Hi Greg, Very nice garden. I was woindering if yuou use a drip system to water or ? I am building raised beds due to gopher problems and just bad soil. It will have 2 rows of concrete block and then a 2x12 to extend it to 27 inches deep. I am using construction cloth (wire mesh) to keep the gophers out. I am asking about drip because I am in central California where we must irrigate. I was planning on having 3 different legs of the drip system system (different watering schedules) due to different plant needs. I already have the systems set up in my ornamental garden so I just need to run some extra drip tubing. It gets very hot and dry here in the summer and irrigation is a must. Any pointers on watering for different plant needs? Thanks
Posted: 3:29 am on September 15th
ariam4 writes: What a beautiful garden! Your Tomatoes are doing wonderfully and your basil Looks like a mountain! This is wonderful! Congratulations!
Posted: 10:46 am on June 3rd
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