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Self-contained Box Gardens: Boca Bob's Watering System

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 25, 2008
9:03 PM

Post #5715818

Boca Bob: ok here is a thread for you to list the stuff needed to make a self watering system and how to do it, I'm anxiously waiting for a list of the materials needed and how to put it together, use pics if possible. I know I'm not the only one desiring this information and this is the perfect thread, please include that part about the barrel since I have a well on how I can do it also, so we are waiting...
joy112854
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 25, 2008
10:43 PM

Post #5716158

I will take pictures tomorrow at Lowes and post them.

BocaBob

Just so everyone knows, its just a simple irrigation setup that's been available for years.
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2008
11:40 PM

Post #5716352

well, its new and exciting to us. looking forward to it. I know I cant order in more until I fugure out how to water in less time than it would take with so many
joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 26, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #5716607

BocaBob: You are the greatest and much appreciated here.
joy112854
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
2:55 PM

Post #5718030

OK here we go. The first item is a back flow regulator, not necessary needed to make the watering system work, bu recommended. It attaches to the water spigot from your house.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
2:57 PM

Post #5718036

Next is a water pressure reducer which is attached to either the spigot or back flow regulator

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
2:58 PM

Post #5718039

Next is the battery timer which connects to the water pressure reducer

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
2:59 PM

Post #5718043

Now you connect your garden hose to the timer
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:00 PM

Post #5718048

Next you attach the hose fitting to the end of your garden hose

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:03 PM

Post #5718059

Next you slip one end of the 1/2 inch black pipe into the other end of the hose fitting. (no tools needed). Also do not unravel the black tube yet. It will be real easy when water is in it.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:05 PM

Post #5718064

Next - at the other end of the 1/2 inch black pipe, put on the end fitting to crimp the pipe. Looking good!!!!!!

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:08 PM

Post #5718076

Now turn on your spigot and turn on the timer to get the water flowing. Now it will be esay to unwind the coil of 1/2 inch black pipe and place it where you want it. The pipe in the pic is 100 feet, but you can buy more or less. After you place the pipe, TURN OFF THE WATER AT THE TIMER.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:10 PM

Post #5718080

Now right beside one of your EB's or planters or grow bag take the hole punch tool and pop a hole into the 1/2 inch black pipe.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:11 PM

Post #5718084

Next insert a 1/4 inch vinyl coupler into the hole in the 1/2 inch pipe

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:15 PM

Post #5718092

Now cut a length of the 1/4 inch vinyl tubing long enough to, for example reach 1/2 way down the fill tube of a EarthBox and connect the other end to the coupler you just inserted into the 1/2 inch black pipe.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:24 PM

Post #5718126

Here is a example of my Bob's GT Planter See the 1/2 in pipe?, the 1/4 in hose going into the fill tube? Easy!!!!!

Well that's all there is to it. After you have all your plants set up, You need to set the timer to the time you want the water to flow to them and if you want it daily, multiple times a day or once a week or whatever.

Now if you are working from a well, I would bring water from that well to a big barrel lets say 55 gallon or so. Then I would connect the 1/2 inch black hose to a pond pump (the next picture down) but you need power to that pump and a different timer (a electric i.e. Intermatic 7 day outdoor one)

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:24 PM

Post #5718129

Here's the pond pump

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:26 PM

Post #5718132

And don't forget to buy a pack of goof plugs for your hole punch mistakes in the 1/2 black pipe

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
3:28 PM

Post #5718143

I hope this is helpful to anyone who wants to automate their watering needs. I'm always here for questions.

BocaBob
joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 26, 2008
8:56 PM

Post #5719124

Bob: How would I carry the water from my well to the barrel, my whole home is on the well, I have two facets, one in the front and one in the back of the house. What is the purpose of the barrel? I was told that since I had well water, which tastes wonderful by the way. LOL, that I guess because it didn't have softeners in it and other stuff that city water has it might clog the tubes? I get by not having a water softner by using fabric softner in my clothes washer and have water softner should I want a bubble bath; but other than that, I don't add anything to my water. Don't know how far down my well is; but, I have a good pump, it's electric.
joy112854
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 26, 2008
9:31 PM

Post #5719336

joy112854 - I'm sorry!!!!. If your well water comes to a faucet then your just fine. I don't know if it will clog the lines or not, but I wouldn't worry about it. Hard water usually shows its ugly face when it is heated as far as I know. You don't need a barrel or pump at all. I misunderstood you.

Bob
joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 26, 2008
11:28 PM

Post #5719812

Boca Bob: All I know is I don't have a water bill and don't have to drink bottled water, I can drink the water right from my facet. If it doesn't get hot, as I'm not boiling it, I should be ok, now the question is this, I boil my pasta in it, am I safe? I worked for Ionics as a side job once and saw some of the magnified pics of the stuff in the water in the Broward county area, and saw a list of what was put in it to make it supposedly drinkable for everyone, that is when I started refusing to drink city water. We are told to keep bleach out of the reach of our children when they are babies and here that is just what they put in the city water, chlorine and of course additives; to change the taste and to help with teeth development. Wonder what would have happened if man hadn't come along and developed all these additives you think? LOL
joy112854

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 27, 2008
6:39 PM

Post #5722574

For those of you who read my earlier post about using BocaBob's system and it cost me $75? That's because I went to HD and BocaBob went to Lowes. GO TO LOWES!!! They carry all the Mister Landscaper parts Bob posted in the pics. And, the price at LOWES will come up to approximately $35-$50 vs. my $75 at HD.

Linda
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 30, 2008
10:48 PM

Post #5734654

Linda - I went to Lowes today and bought a whole watering setup including the Orbit timer. Total spent $68.96 plus tax. I bought everything listed above in the pictures except the backflow regulator. Of course that doesn't include the pond pump.

BocaBob

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2008
6:43 PM

Post #5747852

Thanks, Bob. Good to know I didn't get taken to the bank by going to HD! Still haven't managed to turn my system on yet! Still have time before my plants start guzzling like pirates! But, I'm more concerned with being ready for the Spring tomatoes, et al!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 3, 2008
8:00 PM

Post #5748082

Linda - I went to Tplants house on Saturday and installed the same watering system on 25 Eathbox's. Took me 1/2 hour and it was up and running.
Good luck with yours

Bob
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 3, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #5748568

Yeah and I must say It makes my life a lot easier and 1/3 of the cost of the EB people.
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

November 4, 2008
6:14 PM

Post #5751516

Bob, thanks for sharing. What great easy-to-understand plans.
This thread is a keeper!

Shoe
fiddle
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 6, 2008
4:45 PM

Post #5759028

Thanks Bob, very helpful.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2008
8:04 PM

Post #5759528

If anyone needs/wants a Microsoft Word document of BocaBob's Automatic Drip System instructions above, just send me your email addy in a d-mail. I just pulled out the section that starts with the first piece and ends with the buckets and put them into one document for ready reference.

Linda
joy112854
Crestview, FL

November 7, 2008
2:10 PM

Post #5762482

Gymgirl: Thanks sweetie, you are fabulous, I printed out one copy off the computer so I could send on ahead to Mike to study. LOL He will be the one putting it in if it gets done.
joy112854

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2008
3:43 PM

Post #5773836

Thanks Joy,
Does that 11-28 mean a b'day is about to happen?
joy112854
Crestview, FL

November 10, 2008
4:24 PM

Post #5773988

Gymgirl: Yepper; but I'm not adding the years these days. LOL
Boca Bob: Is there any difference between the watering system you are selling on the market place and this one?
joy112854
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

November 18, 2008
3:04 PM

Post #5804801

Thought I'd post this for those of you who just want to print it off...

Mister Landscaper back flow regulator
Water Pressure Reducer
Batter Timer (Orbit Brand)
Mister Landscaper Hose Fitting
Mister. Lanscaper 100 ft Poly Tubing
Mister Landscaper End Fitting
Mister Landscaper Hole Punch/Goof Plugs
Mister Landscaper vinyl coupler
30 ft coil of black vinyl tubing


OK here we go. The first item is a back flow regulator, not necessary needed to make the watering system work, but recommended. It attaches to the water spigot from your house.

Next is a water pressure reducer which is attached to either the spigot or back flow regulator

Next is the battery timer which connects to the water pressure reducer

Now you connect your garden hose to the timer

Next you attach the hose fitting to the end of your garden hose

Next you slip one end of the 1/2 inch black pipe into the other end of the hose fitting. (no tools needed). Also do not unravel the black tube yet. It will be real easy when water is in it.

Next - at the other end of the 1/2 inch black pipe, put on the end fitting to crimp the pipe.

Now turn on your spigot and turn on the timer to get the water flowing. Now it will be esay to unwind the coil of 1/2 inch black pipe and place it where you want it. The pipe in the pic is 100 feet, but you can buy more or less. After you place the pipe, TURN OFF THE WATER AT THE TIMER.

Now right beside one of your EB's or planters or grow bag take the hole punch tool and pop a hole into the 1/2 inch black pipe.

Next insert a 1/4 inch vinyl coupler into the hole in the 1/2 inch pipe

Now cut a length of the 1/4 inch vinyl tubing long enough to, for example reach 1/2 way down the fill tube of a EarthBox and connect the other end to the coupler you just inserted into the 1/2 inch black pipe. And don't forget to buy a pack of goof plugs for your hole punch mistakes in the 1/2 black pipe




This message was edited Nov 19, 2008 7:32 AM
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 18, 2008
9:28 PM

Post #5806150

araness- nice consolidation!!!!

BocaBob
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 18, 2008
9:52 PM

Post #5806246

And also a half inch connector if you have to extend your half inch line like I did when I cut it to short! Was listening to Rush Limbaugh and was distracted for a moment while making the cut. Had to go back to Lowes and bought two just in case. Didn't finish up today as I have to bury some of the 1/2" line so I don't mow over it and cut it up. Be great when I'm finished. Probably tomorrow. I'm going to look into Bob's auto-fertilizing system for my roses. Maybe my son will buy it for me as a Christmas present? I'll have to start hinting!

araness --- You really impress me! Nice goin--
SigourneyBeaver
Pine Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2010
9:07 AM

Post #7686632

I can't thank you enough for this thread. I'm off to Lowe's right now. Hopefully they haven't gotten clever and changed their suppliers on me...
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2010
10:15 AM

Post #7689475

Nope! I was there yesterday to buy some goof plugs and some connectors as I expanded my system a little.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2010
12:19 PM

Post #7689742

Paw,
Can you hook up different types of ends?? I need some drip irrigation types to water the maters in the larger 20-gallon tree containers. Then I need some to spray the broccolis to keep them cool. Then just plain ones that fill the eBuckets.

Can I mix and match the different ends coming off the same main line?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 9, 2010
12:44 PM

Post #7692439

Sure! I got all mine except for a few pieces from Bocabob at www.Instagarden.com. He can really advise you.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 9, 2010
7:34 PM

Post #7693453

Gymgirl: I'm getting my 4 way manfolds for my front and back facets Tuesday, then I'll be ready to get the rest of what I'm short on. I'm buying my poly hose and poly tubing from Bob. I'm also getting the aqua turrets from him, all will be hooked up to 5 different 50 ft of his water tubing and then I will drill holes for the tubing, already got a good supply of goof plugs, I'm also hooking up the soaker hose system for my flowers around front. The system for my back garden will be watering my EBs, my ebuckets, GPs, square footers, topsy turvys and his grow bags along with some 18 gallon totes. My staking system should be done Monday and I will have the way clear for my watering system then. The only thing not hooked up to a watering system will be my smart pots of potatoes and that is because I don't want to overwater them. I'm not hooking up a timer to either right now, that will have to wait to a later date; but, all I will have to do is turn it on and time it myself until I can get the timers.
joy
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 11, 2010
9:56 AM

Post #7696798

Wow! What a set up you will have but it certainly will save you a lot of work and plenty of food. You know Bob has those adjustable sprinklers that you can adjust to just trickle for your potatoes and never overwater this way all you'll have to do is prop up your feet and watch them grow. LOL But seriously!
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2010
11:49 AM

Post #7697075

not sure if ya'll remember I was having trouble with my EB watering system last year...DH adjusted the length of the tube in the fill tube and voila it works great!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 12, 2010
6:22 AM

Post #7699077

The EB watering system costs too much, the one I'm doing using Bob's equipment will be very affordable and I can expand it later on, can hardly wait til it gets here so I can hook it up.
joy

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2010
6:57 AM

Post #7699172

Joy,
Are you hooking your's up yourself? LMK how it goes. I've had mine since last June and still have hooked it up. But, now that all my eBuckets are finally organized in my planting area, I'm going to attempt to use it this season.

I might need your help if I run into a snafoo, ok?

Thanks!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 12, 2010
8:04 AM

Post #7699361

Gymgirl: It should only take about 10 mins to hook it up and looks easy enough; but, I've hired someone to finish up my staking system and hook mine up for me, while I watch. I'll pay attention in case you need help though ok? I am aslo having soaker hoses buried in my canna lily beds at the same time. I am having two brass four-way manifolds delivered with y connectors, and from Bob I'm getting 4 more 50 foot poly hoses and a whole lot of poly tubing, that should do the job really well. Later on, as I can afford to, I will buy a timer or two; but, this should suffice for a while without the timer.
joy

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2010
8:14 AM

Post #7699393

Ok, Joy. Thanks!

What're the brass four-way manifolds with y connectors for?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2010
11:57 AM

Post #7699951


GYMGIRL YOU CONNECT IT TO YOUR MAIN FAUCET AND HAVE TWO TO FOUR HOSES RUNNING FROM THE SAME FAUCET.Depending on what you buy. They have them at Lowes, etc.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 13, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #7702631

I couldn't find my brass 4 way facets anywhere around here; but got pretty cheap at www.growerssupply.com for around $27 each, I got the Y connectors cheap too. With the Y connectors and the 4 way facet, I could have up to 12 hoses running from the same facet, which gives my garden room for expansion later on, they have shut off valves also, so if I'm not using one I can just switch that valve off.
joy
deanna8
Raeford, NC

April 14, 2010
12:40 AM

Post #7704222

The 4 ways are 23.00 at walmart
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 14, 2010
7:18 AM

Post #7704730

What???? $23????? I looked and they don't have them here. My poly tubing and polyhose comes to me from Boca Bob today!!!! Pics I hope tomorrow folks.
joy
texasrockgarden
Canyon Lake, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 14, 2010
8:04 AM

Post #7704854

[quote="joy112854"]What???? $23????? I looked and they don't have them here. My poly tubing and polyhose comes to me from Boca Bob today!!!! Pics I hope tomorrow folks.
joy[/quote]

Joy, Try Tractor Supply company (TSC) if thare are any near you. They may have the brass 4-Ways in stock.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2010
11:11 AM

Post #7705289

$17@ Home Depot...I priced them yesterday evening when I decided on one "Y" connector instead, for $9...
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 14, 2010
2:42 PM

Post #7705770

gymgirl: The Y connectors I get for around $3 each at the same place I bought the brass 4 way facets, and here they are wanting around $33 each, the reason I bought them online. Still waiting for poly hose and poly tubing, maybe tomorrow??? Gotta spray tonight, I saw these flies with bright green metalic bodies and flies that look like specks near my taters. What are they? Using spinosad and pyrethrin tonight; but, I'm not using no 1 gallon sprayer either. I'm mixing up a gallon or two and spraying the bottoms and tops of all the leaves on all plants in the garden making sure I miss all the blooms. I am mixing it up and then putting it in little spray bottles, easier for me to control the where the spray falls.

joy
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

April 16, 2010
7:45 AM

Post #7709781

Okay y'all ...
I'm going to be doing the watering system now.

Linda, the Ebuckets are the slickest thing I've seen in a while! Thank you, thank you thank you! For what I have in them, if they hold up for just a few years, they'll pay for themselves. I already had some of the buckets. I have to admit, the gal had a pretty strange look on her face when I purchased 17 colonders, though. LOL She wanted to know if we did a lot of cooking, and the DH just grinned and said "no ... we do a lot of gardening." You could see that through her for a loop! hahahaha

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2010
8:01 AM

Post #7709809

They've stopped asking me at my local "Nothing Over A Dollar" Store!

What're you putting in your eBuckets? I've found that almost anything OTHER than a huge tomato plant works VERY well in an eBucket. The water hogs do especially well (cabbages, cauliflowers, kohlrabis, and BELL PEPPERS). A cherry tomato would be ok.

LMK what you're up to and how it turns out. Just remember to add around 2/8" to your overflow hole placement to account for the fact that There's a little ridge on most buckets, and the inside bottom of the bucket does NOT sit flush with the outside -- it sits higher.

Your overflow hole will be too low by about 2/8" if you don't compensate for the raised bottom inside!

Ask me how I know this...
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

April 16, 2010
8:15 AM

Post #7709842

The design works perfectly ... :-)

I'm growing peppers in mine. All of my EBs are full of tomatoes. LOL

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2010
8:39 AM

Post #7709895

I broke down and planted 10 HUGE heirlooms in the EBs. I have 4 in 20-gallon tree containers. I'm not pleased with having to water each of the 4 every day, though, so I'm considering putting them in Twiggybuds' waterbeds. I re-read her original thread last night, and it does make sense to sit the containers in 4" of water and let them suck it up like they want it.

My ONLY hesitation is the number of mosquitoes we already deal with in our microclimate backyard, bordered by a plugged up bayou that doesn't flow very well. It's a breeding ground. I can only go outside if I'm almost smothered in Deep Woods Off, and I HATE the way the stuff smells. My other option is to slather on some Avon Skin So Soft, but it plugs up your pores and makes you sweat like a pig before the heat even reaches you!

Choices, huh?

I've considered having to buy some frogs to contain the mosquitoes (pun intended?) in the waterbeds. But, the froggies will draw the snakes which are content down in the bayou for now cause we don't have frogs (or mice or rats) for them to come up and munch on!

Choises, huh?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2010
12:42 PM

Post #7710567

If I may suggest use a bottle of corn oil on the plugged up bayou as this will prevent breeding of mosquitoes and immedieately kill the new larvae. Also use the oil anywhere you have standing water as it won't hurt anything. If you can afford an mosquitoe deleteo machine for $259 , it works to claer an entire acre. We had one and it worked but no longer as the town sprays and the unit needed a replacement of a valve.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2010
2:46 PM

Post #7710906

Paw,
Tell me more about the mosquito deleto machine, PLEASE!!!!!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 16, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #7711412

Boca Bob's irrigation system, hooked up to water over 100 plants in about 5 mins; used one 100 ft water tube and 200 ft of 1//4" tubing, used about 22 bags of cypress mulch and 2 rolls of doubled up weed cloth. Need to touch up the staking system and will add some more tubing later on, but here are some pics.

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 16, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #7711417

another one:

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 16, 2010
6:06 PM

Post #7711427

Oh and I forgot about 100 garden staples to hold the weed cloth in place and to hold the water tubing in place; but hey, 100 plants in 5 mins, not bad, and the by cypress mulch bugs can't stand, so I made sure I put some around my buckets too. LOL

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2010
2:19 AM

Post #7711913

Wooooooooooooooooow !!!!
texasrockgarden
Canyon Lake, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2010
6:38 AM

Post #7712263

Joy, You have come a long way from "beginner status". Things are looking good.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2010
10:13 AM

Post #7712681

Gymgirl -- Lowes has a similiar machine or you can try googleing it on the net. It runs off bottled gas and does and excellent job. It draws the mosquitoes to it and captures them in a mesh bag where they die. Should do the job for you!
Google www.colemans Mosquito deleto

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2010
5:11 PM

Post #7713644

Thanks.

Bob: Only takes 5 minutes for it to get to the last row of EBs from the first 5 gallon HEB! I used the clear temporarily til I get the black 1/4" that black stuff is thick and is holding great. I think I will use another 100 foot hose for the rest though, as I have the other stuff to water too. I pulled all the onions today, they are so sweet you can just bite into them without a kick. Everyone loves them. I had both the Texas Granex and the Georgia White, both sweet onions, they didn't get all that big as far as the bulb part goes but the tops did and they are tough so it was time for them to come up. Gave me some more medium to bury my potato plants with, almost up to the top of the smart pots now, then I can quit messing with them, I hope they get along well with medium that had onions growing in it?

I checked with the FL extension office and discovered that dwarf limes here are called Key limes and dwarf lemons are called Meyer or Persian, I found them all and bought a Key Lime and Meyer Lemon. I'm going to plant them in 15 gallon nursery pots so this fall/winter can get them in the house when it gets too cold for them outside. Haven't figured out whether to use vermulcite or perlite in the pots with the coconut coir yet? The pots are pretty deep. I have special citrust food for them. My dwarf banana should be in soon, along with my Brandywines and sweet bell peppers and my Black Krim. I lost one Mortgage lifter tomato; but still have one left. Gonna have to google caring for my dwarf banana and lemon and key limes though.
joy

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2010
7:12 PM

Post #7713928

Wow, really nice Joy! Your backyard is gonna be a tomato jungle soon.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 18, 2010
8:59 PM

Post #7716856

Ray: Thanks, its' growing really nicely now that the irrigation system is put down. I've had a few containers that I've had to remove the plastic tubing I had protruding from the containers for the drain hole though, as they have gotten clogged; but, the self watering system saves me lots of time now. I still have to finish it; but that will happen shortly too, still don't have all my tomato plants nor pepper plants, still waiting on RH Shumway to send me my brandywines (16) and bell peppers (16). I like the way my onions turned out, even though they aren't real big, they are really sweet. Gotten a few strawberries too, and lots of flowers on the tomato plants.
deanna8
Raeford, NC

April 19, 2010
2:32 AM

Post #7717172

Kmart has the brass 4 way for 10.00.. It is Craftsman so Sears may have it to since they own Kmart.I bought one for that price.Quality was same as for the one at walmart for 23.00.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 19, 2010
4:27 AM

Post #7717282

Deanna: Walmart has them for around $13 here; but this goofball here, ended up buying them online and paying $26 each for two, and that was supposed to be on sale (groan). But, I'm happy with the result. Everyone is amazed at how quickly all the containers get watered and it's fun to watch it go all the way around.
joy

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #7717698

Joy,
Are you single-handedly trying to feed all of Florida?
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 19, 2010
7:32 AM

Post #7717765

No, just my family and friends. LOL
joy
gen2026
Camden, AR

April 19, 2010
12:42 PM

Post #7718628

Just got linked to this thread - trying to learn how to possibly raise some veggies without continually fighting the grass and weeds and this looks like a possibility...

What are EBs and WHY do you have your buckets in another bucket?

the irrigation system looks really nice.

Genna
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 19, 2010
3:57 PM

Post #7719055

Genna: My buckets are a five gallon bucket and a 3 1/2 gallon bucket construction that I have a pond basket in the bottom one (serves as a wicking device) a drain hole and a PVC pipe going through both upper and bottom bucket for a water fill tube, EBs are earthboxes, and they both have the drain holes and watering pipes, so the irrigation set-up works great for them. Thanks. I did double the weed cloth and then use 22 bags of cypress mulch around the buckets and down the aisles before putting the irrigation system down.
joy

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2010
9:22 PM

Post #7720019

Genna there's a whole thread on 5 gallon buckets complete with a schematic of EZ instructions on how to construct a One-bucket growing system.

The design incorporates using an overturned plastic colander to create a wick. It's catching on like wildfire around Dave's!

Linda
gen2026
Camden, AR

April 20, 2010
7:46 AM

Post #7720729

Thanks!
Genna

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 20, 2010
12:08 PM

Post #7721372

Genna,
Here's the link to the original discussion. Jump over where it picks up at the other thread.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1011889/

Here's the link to the continuation thread:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1056426/

Finally, Here're the instructions to the colander eBucket design we all worked on!

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gen2026
Camden, AR

April 23, 2010
9:47 AM

Post #7730097

Thank you!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2010
10:33 AM

Post #7730197

Here's an even more concise set of instructions from Gessieviolet, one of the originators of the colander eBucket design. Feel free to pass the link to Lane's (Gessieviolet's) blog.

I jumped all over Lane Cockerell yesterday for trying to plaguerize Gessie's design! Oops! We both had a good laugh when I found out they were one and the same!

http://mckarion.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/frugal-gardner-self-watering-bucket/
SigourneyBeaver
Pine Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 26, 2010
3:29 PM

Post #7830651

I just have to reiterate my appreciation for these easy watering system instructions. Since I've installed it, I have soooo much more time to do things I enjoy more than wrestling with the hoses.
Thank you!

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