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Offline IKN

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Self Watering Garden, Good Idea ???
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:27:23 AM »
I recently had to do a little clean-up and repair for a spring on my property.
Initially, the spring was piped to a tank for animals to drink from, but the ground around it was so saturated and swampy you couldn't hardly get near it and caused a large, muddy area in my field along the river.
A few years ago, I trenched in a field tile from the tank overflow, through the swampy area, across my field to the river in an effort to dry up the area. This worked perfect until a record river flood caused the tile to become plugged full of silt and mud.
Anyway, I went to re-tile it again, but this time I ran the tile out to a higher ground area above normal river flood level with the idea of prepping the area as a garden.
The idea was that the tile would continually water the soil underneath the garden negating having to water it.
Any thoughts or concerns ???

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Re: Self Watering Garden, Good Idea ???
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 04:42:41 PM »
Does the spring dry up during the hottest summer months?

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Re: Self Watering Garden, Good Idea ???
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2018, 11:07:51 AM »
No, have never seen it dry up in the past 20 year. It does slow down during very dry times, but never stops.
My only concerns dealt with potential over watering and minimal possibility of root contamination due to the water first going to a livestock tank and overflow then going to the garden via the tile.

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Re: Self Watering Garden, Good Idea ???
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 02:19:21 PM »
  You might invite disease and plant problems with continuous watering unless raising water lilies.Not to mention the soggy soil can make tilling the soil and harvesting the crops tough. Except for some varieties of rice,maybe.

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Re: Self Watering Garden, Good Idea ???
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 07:09:54 PM »
Maybe you need to build a pond?

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Re: Self Watering Garden, Good Idea ???
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 06:33:48 AM »
Soil in that area is too sand to build a pond without a great deal of work and money, not to mention excess overflow would still go to the field which I'm trying to avoid.
As far as soggy soil goes, I tilled up a larger area so that wicking action and evaporation should keep the area from getting soggy, but maintain the soil hydrated. I can also expand the area to mitigate soggy soil if needed.
I plan on planting plant that need a larger amount of water over the tiled portions like watermelon & tomatoes and other stuff in the rest.
I'll try to remember to post how it turn out.

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Re: Self Watering Garden, Good Idea ???
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2018, 05:01:29 PM »
Yes... please let us know...