|some onions I picked yesterday to make salsa|
Sometimes I feel like some of the things our family does would qualify in the list "You might be a ______ if..." You can fill in the blank...redneck, crazy woman, frugal gardener, whatever.
Our new watering system probably qualifes us as one of those things.
|our green bean jungle...there is a milk jug buried in the middle of the cage|
This spring we decided to try something different, we would poke holes in milk jugs and bury them. That way when we watered we could just fill up the jugs - the plants would get a deep drink and the leaves could stay dry. And we would mulch with lots of leaves. So, we began hauling leaves and poking holes in milk jugs - this is where teenage boys come in very handy.
We used a long finishing nail to poke about 25 holes on each side of the milk jug and about 5-10 on the bottom. For our squash, we made hills about 3 feet across and then planted the jug in the middle - kind of like a volcano. We planted our seeds about 4 inches from the top of the jug. When I first filled the jugs the water just went straight through... that sandy soil and all. I saturated the entire bed, with a combination of filling the jugs and watering th soil. When the jug started holding water we put leaves over the entire bed and then went to the next.
|this is the green bean jungle before it was a jungle|
|Here's one of our squash hills being watered. The seed was planted about 4 inches |
away from the jug but it is grown towards the jug, so some of the leaves have gotten wet
and have a little bit of powdery mildew but nothing compared to last year.
When I water I fill the jugs and sometimes let them run over, to flood the bed and I am free to pull weeds or harvest some veggies.
Disclaimer: We have very sandy soil, if you have clay soil, I don't know how well this would work for you. It might keep the ground too wet.
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