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Re: Inside Bon Vivant Nursery

PVC does bend when it is 90plus outside. I have raised
veggie beds in the back. Dh put holes in the timbers
and bent a 8 ft pcv in a half circle so to speak over
it. The intention was to drap plastic over them in the
spring to help start the warming up/growing process.
Of course, he never finished putting them up...but in
theory and the start of this, it would have worked. I
am sure a shade cloth would work as well in the

This pcv has been in the sun out back for 5-6 years
now and is still fine...BTW.


--- "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>

> > 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 
> 1/2" nipple.
> 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
> pots.
> 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
> much.  
> 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?  :)
> Chris
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