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Comment by Vicky Myers on April 5, 2014 at 7:46pm

I think I read it in Square foot gardening that each plant actually only needs a cup of water. Thank you for the info.

Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on April 5, 2014 at 4:12pm


     See the web site once there click on "Our Work" and then food sustainablility, or call them at Phone: (615) 832-2000.   These are the people I assited with the drip irrigation raised bed garden effort in Haiti.  They can help you find the drip kits.  You supply you own buckets.  These kits are basic, no frills kits meant to be inexpensive as possible.  lowes or Home Depot carry much more fancy (and expensive) kits for drip irrigation.


Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on April 5, 2014 at 4:03pm

  Vicky, the people in charge of the orphanage  use whatever container they can lift to fill the 5 gallon bucket.  At the height of the bucket (at least 1 meter high), there is plenty of water pressure to drain out a rubber plug we put in the bottom of the bucket.  We placed two hard plastic hoses in the holes already in the rubber plug (comes with the kit).  You can see the end of one of the hard plastic hoses tied by twine at the bottom of one leg of the 2X4 stand for the bucket.  There is a special fitting that comes with the kit to attach to the ribbon hoses that has slits one foot apart and drip at a constant and even rate (a LOT of research went into this).  Anyway, If one fills the bucket morning and evening, this system will grow almost any vegetable, even in drought stricken areas.  These kits were taken to Ethiopia when they were in that 10 year drought, and saved ALOT of lives.  They make very efficent use of very little water.  Of course, one would mulch what ever is planted. 

     In the compost pile, inside the raised bed, we used discarded corn stalks for the "green" portion, dried horse manure, and good top soil, watering each layer as we added each level.  The beds were one meter wide and never stepped on, rather we use a walking path beside each raised bed.  Below shoes a pic of the four, 40 foot raised beds that we dug for the orphanage, at Cazeax, Haiti.  The other location had a raised bed garden, but it was over grown with thorny weeds.  We cleard the weeds, and replanted the raised beds, at the other location.

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 5, 2014 at 11:02am

Don What you just said gets my brain trying to figure it out. Are you telling us they carry the 5 gals of water to the garden? Then how the heck do you get the water into the drip hose? Not to mention any pressure to carry it to the end of the hose? Please explain since I may need to do this until I find a water pump. I should have pressure at the farm but oh no my water goes into a holding pond for some stupid reason. My water only goes about a foot out of the sprinkler until I get a pump. Thank you for your mission work to help feed those kids. I wouldn't think there would be much left over for the compost pile.

Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on April 5, 2014 at 8:28am

I am back from an amazing trip to install raised bed veggie gardens (with a built in compost pile) and drip irrigation kits at 2 different places that minister to orphans in Haiti.  It was very difficult to do but we did it with prayers as our strength.  Here, I/we invited some of the older kids to help plant the seeds after everything was ready for planting.  One can see where the water comes from the 5 gallon bucket along drip lines that efficiently uses the small amount of water available.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 5, 2014 at 6:52am

Why can,t it just be kind for all, I don,t want much do I, just a perfect world for all. LOL

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on April 5, 2014 at 6:44am
Keryn - nil flooding here, but gardening friend down in Eden said they are under water. It's feast or famine here isn't it, doesn't rain in months, then just tips down.
Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 5, 2014 at 6:06am

I just planted out the potato patch again today as well. I planted the red ones that I posted pictures of again. They were the best performers, double the yield compared to the white spuds I planted at the same time. They cook up really well.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 5, 2014 at 6:02am

Vicky you are going to be busy, the farm will be better for you to grow things, I am sure. Hope you can get work and settle in well. Its a big job moving.  How long have you lived where you are now?

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 5, 2014 at 5:58am

Lyn, did you get any flooding rain, or was it higher up than where you are. That heavy rain QLD had made it all the way down to me but only in light drizzle. I,m just glad things are growing again. but still really warmer than normal here, Melbourne broke records for the warmest April fouls day ever. No joke though.


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