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ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 7:30 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
might be best to fill it with gravel... or put pantyhose on it

never tried it with the big planters... but with the drip lines now it's all good.. those heads I put on there do a 360 pattern but just a trickle of water.. soaks nicely .. out of habit I always water then wait 10 or 15 and water again
Imagestormyla
Feb 19, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
DRIP LINES for planters, now there's an interesting idea. Do you have any closer photos of that marvelous invention???
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 9:32 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
should.. brb
Imagestormyla
Feb 19, 2010 9:38 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Filling the PVC with a medium to large sized gravel might be good. Have to leave enough room for the water. Don't know how easy it would be to get the pantyhose to stay on, unless you bury it in the soil.
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
uh nope... but I can tell you how to do it and where to buy (best I could do to show you the line running down into the container)

we started off with one of the kits... to see what we would need later... more or less we ran the main line down the back of my bed.. no digging just covered it with mulch .. pop a hole in the main tube and run the smaller tubes out to where you need them.. attach a sprinkler head and good to go... repeat a million times!!!

http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/EF55-p/ef55.htm

Thumbnail by Onewish1

ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 9:47 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
used this 360 one for the containers.. you can have it dribble out.. or have a tiny fountain

http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/07-005-Adjustable-Spray-Je...
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 9:48 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
we tried different heads for the garden beds as well... I hate the red one but the others are good

http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/07-002-Microspinkler-Jet-S...
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 9:51 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
the mac daddy micro sprinkler

http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/MA-136-Micro-A-Jet-Spray-O...
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 9:54 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
I love the adjustable ones best.. can customize these systems anyway you need them.. they do have these things at the big box stores.. but we like these heads better.. but if you want to start small go to a big box and pick up a small kit.. they even have ones just for patio plants
Imagestormyla
Feb 19, 2010 10:42 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wow, Allison, Talk about some time and plant savers!! It didn't occur to me that you ran it off of your regular drip system.

DSO bought me some of those for the garden bed ones, but we never ended up using them because the water pressure wasn't good enough for them to give much coverage.

So many parts of my beds are such a great distance from the house, that the water pressure is a big problem. We're going to try to work on that this year.

These would work great for most of the planters.

Thanks for all of the great links. Thumbs up
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 11:36 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
our pressure can blow the valves right off... we had to buy the regulator... that line runs completely around my 60 something foot retaining wall.. and even up the tree in the front with the hang a pots.. no problems .. nice being on city water sometimes
Imagestormyla
Feb 19, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
On my roadside bed, it travels 60 feet before it gets to the bed.
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
just thinking about it.. I am understating the length... the retaining block is 60 something.. never mind the stretch Randy did with stone from the back to the street... double that now that I think about it

here are old shots of my beds

http://picasaweb.google.com/AllisonNJ71/MarchAndJulyShots#
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 19, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I have seen those drip lines used they are nice saves a lot of time and gives good consistent watering. Ric and I have talked about them from time to time. Especially for the window boxes as I would always let them get too dry and we would come home from work to wilting boxes. We started using the water crystals in the boxes and planters and I have more time to water so the idea was just dropped. I still think about using watering lines in the Veggie Garden it would be pretty easy to set it up that is a different application than using it for containers but the same principle.
No I have never really had problem with the pipes filling with dirt and I haven't really done anything to keep that from happening. The top of the pipe does stick up a inch from the dirt so it doesn't fill in from the top. Usually I just fill the pipe full and move on and much like Onewish does come back and fill it again a few minutes later. I some time use coffee filters to line the bottom of my pots to prevent the dirt from washing out the drain holes and they would work good in other areas like the planting holes in the sides of pots.
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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 19, 2010 11:59 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
That Onewish, She has it all together. When you think about it, it is somewhat like the light displays you do. Plan it, lay it out, set it up and flip the switch.
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ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 12:08 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
the displays are mostly Randy.. won't take the credit from him... but we do it together.. he likes to do things the hard way.. I straighten him out.. and then does it my way.. but he runs all the electric lines I won't mess up his system with that... I just stay out of the way until he needs help.. we both have tons of ideas for that stuff.. time & money are a big factor though.. I wrote down a lot of them for the future .. if we can ever do them.. I did reference two years ago photos of the setup we did.. and we changed things this year to make it better... photos are the easy way to keep track of what we have too.. Randy does all the packing of things.. I can ask him for something ... where are the candy canes for the lawn??.. he comes out a few mins later with the box.. all by memory.. he is the same with seasonal clothing we might pack away.. going on a summer vacation in the winter is a breeze with him.. where did you put the box of shorts?... same thing.. comes out with it in a couple of mins.. he is good
Imagestormyla
Feb 19, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, I was thinking the same thing when Allison was talking about planning the pots on the computer. It is almost the same thing she does with the light displays.

It's wonderful that you and Randy do so many collaborative projects together. What a great team. Thumbs up
Imagestormyla
Feb 19, 2010 7:25 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, I was wondering if you have any of those pots with the PVC pipes growing under trees. That's where I get so much dirt and debris on my pots.
Imageeric4home
Feb 19, 2010 7:41 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
No I only have the one pot with the pvc watering pipe the coleus pot. Because it has those planting holes when I watered like I normally would the bottom never seemed to get enough water. The water seemed to run out the planting holes before it really soaked down into the bottom growing area.
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
ImageOnewish1
Feb 19, 2010 7:50 PM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
funny part is he can build a shed with just simple plans... but don't ask him to build a fire Rolling on the floor laughing

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