Re: Inside Bon Vivant Nursery
> I'm sort of curious about the misting. Are they misted from above?
Yes. I ran a piece of PVC all the way down the middle and zip-tied it
to the frame. There's a spot for a sprayer every four feet (the
tables are in eight foot segments, so it made sense), but I really only
have sprayers every eight feet.
I use cheap 50-cent center-strip sprayers from Menards. They cover about
a 20'x5' area and put out two gallons per minute. They connect to a
Since they're spraying down instead of up the coverage isn't quite as
good, but they still seem to get a fair amount of water down into the
One thing that I did was leave about six inches of space between each
flat -- that way the plants weren't overhanging each other nearly as
I've also been adding superabsorbent polymers to the soil mix. I got
the skinny on how they work from my brother; he used to do research
for BASF developing diapers using the same superabsorbent materials.
Personally, I'm sold on them, and the plants seem much happier. If
I ever get my lawn ready I'm going to till some in as well; it'll pay
for itself in no time and it's completey non-toxic.
One thing that I've learned is that plants do better in full sun and
open air with shade cloth and water than in a shady area without shade
cloth. Some shade plants suffer in my backyard, but the second they're
put under equivalent shadecloth in full sun they do much better.
> We have two enclosed beds (6 timbers high) with 2.5 inch resin risers on
> the bottom for drainage. They are enclosed in the same manner you've used
> with pvc but we use bird netting. It's to keep bunnies out. Then we have
> an in ground bed surrounded by pvc covered by fencing. We also have a
> pot-in-pot setup that has worked very well, plus a few more beds. The
> inground plantings do fine with rain and spray.
I've been thinking of building a framework to put 30% shadecloth over my
parents' vegetable garden. The tomatoes will still get enough sun and
the water savings will make it worthwhile.
Now I just need more space here! Can I have some of your beds? :)
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