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Old 04-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #16
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So I ran a new zone on my automatic sprinkler system this weekend. Of course i haven't tested it yet because of the snow storm coming our way tonight. I ran one riser to each of the four beds. At the top of the riser I'll put a shut off valve so I can water each bed independently. My question is what should I run off of the riser? Soaker hose? Drip line? mist sprinklers?

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So I ran a new zone on my automatic sprinkler system this weekend. Of course i haven't tested it yet because of the snow storm coming our way tonight. I ran one riser to each of the four beds. At the top of the riser I'll put a shut off valve so I can water each bed independently. My question is what should I run off of the riser? Soaker hose? Drip line? mist sprinklers?
My vote would be drip. Misters are not good for plants that don't like getting their leaves wet plus you lose water if it's windy.
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My Father inlaw Has lived his life gardening. He's now 92 years old and has given up on gardening because he can't get down like he used to.
I told him I would build him a raised bed 8' x 4' x 2' or higher if needed He was WWll B 24 crew member and I'll never forget what them guy's did for us.

I can get Free compost from a near by dealer.my plan is 60% soil 30% compost and 10% peat moss, I'm in Michigan Bog moss is really available here. I rather not use vermiculite.
I would like to add 2 bags of pea gravel mixed with sand to add other minerals to the soil. Drill a couple drainage holes near the bottom to control excess water build up with the peat moss. Does this sound like a good plan ?
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This is a great gift. Your care for your FIL is respectable.
Your drainage is a good forethought.
I think 2 ft is a bit too deep. I suggest making it about 18inches deep, like a chair height.
Plus, I suggest that you narrow the width and put a seat the top edge(like a 1x6). The 4' width requires working both sides of the box. A 3ft width with a seat allows working just one side.
I also suggest making more than 1 box. This allows seasonal rotation. They do not have to be all the same size including depth.
One last suggestion is to line the box(es) with a thick plastic to keep wet soil off the wood.
Good luck
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This is a great gift. Your care for your FIL is respectable.
Your drainage is a good forethought.
I think 2 ft is a bit too deep. I suggest making it about 18inches deep, like a chair height.
Plus, I suggest that you narrow the width and put a seat the top edge(like a 1x6). The 4' width requires working both sides of the box. A 3ft width with a seat allows working just one side.
I also suggest making more than 1 box. This allows seasonal rotation. They do not have to be all the same size including depth.
One last suggestion is to line the box(es) with a thick plastic to keep wet soil off the wood.
Good luck
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Thanks Gary
I like the idea of a smaller width , I think 18" would be a bit too low though.
I plan on adding a 2x4 along the top edge with a board to rest, his legs strength is getting weak. causing a rest now and then.
I have read a lot of good information on this page so i'm loaded with ammunition and plans. Using reg. wood painted by his great grand daughters
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