Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Spring Garden


2015
04.21

Spring is a busy time for beekeepers, especially if you have a garden as well. I may not be a great gardener, but I do keep a garden, and this year I’m trying to expand and use less water too.

I’ve got a few volunteer plants coming up that I want to keep. One is a pecan tree next to my rain barrels, I’m going to have to transplant this one farther from the house.

Pecans come up in odd places due to squirrels hiding them.

Pecans come up in odd places due to squirrels hiding them.

 

I’ve put in grapevines again, 2 Flame Seedless and one Concord.

Flame seedless

Flame seedless grapevine #2.

Flame seedless. Note at base, I planted a watermellon seed.

Flame seedless grapevine. Note at base, I planted a watermellon seed right beside the deep pipe irrigation.

While I'm not a big fan of concord, it was just $8 at home depot, and it was the last one that seemed alive.

While I’m not a big fan of concord, it was just $8 at home depot, and it was the last one that seemed alive.

I’ve put in drip irrigation but converted the emitters to go into deep pipe irrigation.  So I really have deep pipe, but with controlled 1/4″ feed tubing.

Garlic and a watermellon seedling in a wick irrigation bucket.

Garlic and a cantelope? seedling in a wick irrigation bucket.

One of 3 plutot trees in the yard.

One of 3 plutot trees in the yard. This one is down slope with least amount of sun. I’ll cut back some scrub trees to open up canopy for it.

 

Olive treeling in foregroud, plutot and raised bed garden in back.

Olive treeling in foreground, pluot tree back left and raised bed garden in back right.

 

Tomatoes with deep pipe. One deep pipe in between 2 plants. We'll see how they do.

Tomatoes with deep pipe. One deep pipe in between 2 plants. We’ll see how they do.

This top of the raised bed has corn and deep pipe irrigation. If I was a good scientist, I'd use it as a control vs the automatic watered deep pipe irrigation. But I'm lazy, I hooked it into the line today.

This top of the raised bed has corn and deep pipe irrigation. If I was a good scientist, I’d use it as a control vs the automatic watered deep pipe irrigation. But I’m lazy, I hooked it into the line today.

Low impact corn, 3x3 planting. Experiment on how well the corn grows in 7" soil.

Low impact corn, 3×3 planting. Experiment on how well the corn grows in 7″ soil.

Deep pipe irrigation fed by 1/4 drip irrigation line. The pipe goes 18" into the soil and only gets watered for 1minute every 2 days.

Deep pipe irrigation fed by 1/4 drip irrigation line. The pipe goes 18″ into the soil and only gets watered for 1minute every 2 days.

Deep pipe irrigation is the most water efficient means of irrigation as tested by several universities.  It is even more efficient than roman ceramic pot irrigation.