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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 7, 2014 at 8:21pm

I have wanted rain and cooler weather for soooo long and now we have it. I went and checked the veggie garden and the tomatoes and zucchini have powdery mildew, not happy. I put stuff on the ground to keep the pests at bay. But spraying the fruit and vegetables direct goes against the grain for me. Any ideas, I,ve cut away the infected leaves, what I can without hurting the plant, they still have heaps of produce on them.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 7, 2014 at 8:09pm

Vicky, If you already have tanks at the farm, do they have a tap. You could run a drip system straight from the tank. You might have to up grade the tap fittings to clip on. 

Comment by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on April 7, 2014 at 11:51am

Well finally we got 1/2 inch of rain over night so going to garden beds to check things out. New plants coming up after replanting seeds in the greenhouse.

Comment by Maryann Jordan on April 6, 2014 at 10:32am

Vicky I am sorry, moving is always difficult.

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 5, 2014 at 9:39pm

Wow! I had to read that a few times to get my brain to get my brain to keep up. hahahahaha My brain don't compute story problems. I just read my last sentence hahahahahaha that was supposed to be doesn't at least that is what I thought I typed. hahahahahaha I see that I also repeated myself in the first sentence, boy am I tired. I was falling asleep in the chair.

Comment by Don Reeves z7, TN on April 5, 2014 at 9:27pm

In estimating the efficiency of this system, there is 40 cups (2 cups per pint X 8 pints/gal X 2.5gal) in 2.5 gallons, (or one half of a full 5 gallon bucket of water with two drip lines).  When the drip line is 40 feet long, then there is 1 cup of water for each of the 40 drip locations (one foot apart), which agrees with the square foot gardening estimate.  The other drip line would use the other 2.5 gallons of water. So, one could water a total of 80 plants with 5 gallons of water, assuming no leaks at the connectors, of course!

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.


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