Here are my 2 beds. I have learned some valuable lessons since this time last year. One is build a better trellis. I found a good size plastic mesh for the plant to have enough to grab and really hold on to. Also, it’s better secured using zip ties!
You can’t really see them but it allows the plastic netting to have a good amount of tension.
Those odd looking things are water walls. You fill up the chambers up with water and let them sit out to warm all day. This allows them to help keep your tomato and pepper plants warm. They saved my behind this year. I decided that I was going to get my plants in the ground because they were looking bad in the containers. Well, you see I didn’t check the weather. DUN DUN DUN… incoming freeze! The other issue was that I went a little crazy buying tomato plants. I got 4 and 2 peppers. I only had 3 water wells but they managed to radiate enough heat to save the whole lot.
The other thing I am doing different this year is only planting what we ate last year. Tomatoes, peppers, sugar snaps, cucumbers and zucchini. I might get a few more little things but will focus on what I will eat.
We knew when the beds were put in that drip irrigation was ultimately where we wanted to end up. Here in central Texas we are still in a drought, and while currently not under water restrictions, I’ve tried to act like we were to see if I could garden in a drought.
The thing is there are so many options with drip irrigation. Too many. I needed a starter kit, something to be able to look at and go from there. Alas, I could not justify the $60 price tag at my usual big box garden store. Amazon was sold out on the kit I liked there. I wanted to get the irrigation in place for my fall garden. Knowing this is my learning curve for spring garden 2.0.
Well, google led me to Raised bed irrigation which then led to DIG corp drip irrigation kit. Available at Home Depot for 1/3 the cost of a different brand starter kit at another garden retailer ( I’m not advocating a certain store, or a certain brand drip irrigation. I will say that the Home Depot mobile site does tell you what aisle to look in).
It was not only simple to set up, it had a great guide included. And at about $20 I figured it would at least be a good start.
We did a central line the width of the box with the drip line running the length.
I like this way because I can change the length lines to solid tubing with emitters for things like tomatoes when I can only get 2 per length of the bed, or squash. While I can put in different for carrots, radishes, or parsnips.
Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get my fall garden plants in.