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ImageGymgirl
Feb 2, 2010 5:19 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Learn all about constructing and growing veggies and plants in eBuckets and other self-watering containers!

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Imagebeckygardener
Feb 2, 2010 11:35 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Love it! I've got mine going, too! LOL!

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Imageherbie43
Feb 4, 2010 9:20 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
the easy way for me to do this is to drill holes on each side of my containers about the size of a fifty cent piece as close to the top as posible. then i take a soaker hose and run it through the holes of each of my 10 continers. after that i hook the hose up to a timer and set it to go off whenever i want it to. works great. the quarter cent size holes i put at the bottom of the continers allows for easy drainage in case it rains while the hose is on. LOL

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ImageSugarweed
Feb 4, 2010 9:45 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
How neat is that?
Do you fill with regular soil?
What are the best plants done that way?
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Imagebeckygardener
Feb 4, 2010 5:57 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Franklin - I'd love to see a photo of that set-up! Do you have on you could share and post here?
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PlaysInDirt
Feb 4, 2010 10:15 PM CST
Same here! I have some 'Atlantic Giant' pumpkin seeds germinating and I think this would be the perfect way to keep them in prime condition and able to make a humongous pumpkin.
ImageOnewish1
Feb 5, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
here is a link to the ones I made

http://www.josho.com/gardening.htm

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Imageherbie43
Feb 5, 2010 5:03 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
taggets - i user MG potting soil for containers

becky - i searched all through my pictures but i must have delted them. sorry. i might be able to find them though. give me a day or two.

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Imagebeckygardener
Feb 6, 2010 11:27 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Thanks, Franklin! :-)
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Imageherbie43
Feb 6, 2010 7:10 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
becky - i searched eveywhere but could not find a single picture of it. sorry
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Imagebeckygardener
Feb 6, 2010 7:14 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
That's okay. If you do it again this year, maybe you could take a photo and post. I am a visual person and understand something better if I see it. IYKWIM. ;-)
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Imageherbie43
Feb 7, 2010 9:13 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
becky - i went out in the freezing cold so i could show you a picture of how i sent up my soaker hose inside my containers. now this picture is not complete mind you. in fact. i had to go under my deck (in the freezing cold LOL) to et these two buckets. i then had to fetch a hose, this is not a soker hose but just regular hose and i am sure yu will get the idea. since it was so freezing cold (LOL) i could not get the nozzel off the hose so i positiioned it just above the holes i drilled into the bucket. you can see the way it would work. did i mention that it is freezing cold here. GRINING the other picture here is the metal table that i put the containers on. it is called a green house bench and i bought it in http://www.farmtek.com for about a hundred fifty dollarsw. i used to keep the containers on the deck floor but it left round marks so i bought the table.

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Imageherbie43
Feb 7, 2010 9:14 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
and here ishe table they sit on.

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Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 7, 2010 12:14 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Frank - Oh my! You should've have risked leg and limb to go out in that snow and cold weather to share a photo with me! But I now understand what you are talking about. Thanks for the visual. :-)

Oooh! Cool (no pun intended) set-up! So the soaker hose goes through the top holes in the containers and you just group all the buckets/containers together and let it bottom soak by timer?

I really, really like that metal table, too! :-)

Now ... are you containers self-watering, too? Or only by way of the soaker hose?
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Imageherbie43
Feb 7, 2010 12:28 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
if by bottom soak you mean that the water trickles down brom the top to the botom then yes. for the past two years i have used 5 gallon container and i put the timmer on to go off every day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. it might sound like alot but it didnt seem to harm the plants maybe becuase the water drained well.

yeah, i like the table. in the winter it doubles as a fridge when my wife cooks for the holidays. Smiling
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 7, 2010 12:34 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
LOL!

Do you have holes drilled at the bottom of your container for the water to drain out?

Just curious ...
what does "ebucket' stand for?
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Imageherbie43
Feb 7, 2010 12:38 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
look again at the picture. do you see the hole under the letter G and to the left of it. i have about 4 of those holes around the bucket drilled about 2 inches from the bottom. i keep the holes on the side so that there is always some water at the very bottom of the bucket just in case the timer doesn't work or it is very hot day.

Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 7, 2010 12:42 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Oh! I see the hole now! Nice idea, Frank! :-) Thanks for going to the extreme to share a photo of your concept. :-) Much appreciated! :-)
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Imageherbie43
Feb 7, 2010 1:05 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
i'll tell you i feel like a gentleman farmer with this method. i used to come home and rush around getting the pants watered at 4 p.m. now, if i want, i just go out to pick the fruit and take pictures. no weeds, no bugs, well. maybe a wee bit on my egg plant leaves. LOL
Beautiful Souls like Frank leave lasting memories in the hearts of those he touched .
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 7, 2010 1:13 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I am doing the self-watering white buckets and I can got days now without running around watering my favorite plants! I love it! I just need to figure out a way to make those white buckets more appealing to look at! LOL! I'm trying to come up with a plan or design. LOL!
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