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Donald1800
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« on: July 11, 2007, 12:40:36 AM »

I finely have pictures of the start of my 13' X 13' garden using the first 10 of 34 EBs, with 6 more in the future for dwarf fruit trees.

To give you an idea of the poor quality of the ground around my place, pictures 6 and 7 show the area cleared of the rocks and gravel.  I swear that this area must have been a flood plain area before flood control, as the ground is all rocks and gravel as deep as you want to dig.  A traditional garden would be impossible, and raised bed gardening would have to be about 18 - 24" high.

Because of the sharp edges of the never ending gravel on the surface, I placed a 3/4 - 1" layer of the cheapest 'Potting Soil' as a cushion below the weed-free cloth.  I don't want to have to weed ANYWHERE, anytime.

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Donald1800
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2007, 12:43:19 AM »

The first pictures of the water distribution system, 8 and 9, show the dual valves, 200 mesh Back Flush Filter and 10 psi commercial regulator.  The Anti-Syphon/Vacuum Breaker is above this assembly.  I highly recommend this approach for long term trouble free operation.  The second valve on the right will be used with a future high pressure misting system along with overhead shade cloth to reduce the summertime 90 - 105 degree temperature stress our plants experience here.

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Donald1800
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007, 12:47:21 AM »

Picture 10 looking south shows my distribution philosophy - keep all of the exposed Poly-Tubing either shaded on the north side of the EBs or shaded between the double rows of EBs, to reduce the solar heating of the water fed to the plants.  All Poly-Tubing which crosses open walkways or paths is enclosed in sections of 3/4" PVC pipe, and placed just below the surface level.

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Donald1800
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2007, 12:56:46 AM »

Pictures 11 and 13 show closeups of the north side of the E-W row of EBs which have the branch line clamped to the feet/outriggers using electronic cable clamps made with a self adhesive plastic attachment plate and a tie wrap.  Also, since I will have to add mosquito killer granules to the water from time-to-time, I will need to remove the valves from the tube.  So I use a 2' 2" (26") length of 1/8" feeder line to the valves, with the excess coiled into a service loop held together loosely with another tie wrap.  The feeder line can slide easily through the tie wrap when needed.  Another advantage of the service loop is to be able to repair a split end of tubing without it being too short and having to replace it.

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Donald1800
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2007, 12:58:06 AM »

Picture 14 is looking east which shows the clear walkways and clean garden area.

I was only able to buy 1/3 of the amount of playground safety 'gravel' needed, so the rest will have to come after these EBs are planted.  Then the purchase of the next 12 EBs will follow.

My carefree garden has been in the planning for decades, with serious planning during the last few years with discovery of the EB.  I finely have it.

Donald1800


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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2007, 01:04:09 AM »

WOW    WOW    WOW!!!  Absolutely FA-BU-LOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

 Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy
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Donald1800
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2007, 01:17:57 AM »

I forgot to mention that the Poly-Tubing connected to the regulator above ground has an outer foam tubing insulation used for winterizing outdoor pipes so that this piece does not heat the water.  Also every end of above ground branch lines have a ball valve for line flushing.  This is especially necessary right after distribution installation, or repair is required anywhere in the system.

The next phase is purchase of 16 mesh stainless steel screen to put over the EB plastic screen/wicking chambers to prevent mix getting into the water section AND prevent major root penetration.  The original screen was supposed to air prune roots, but I believe that the hole size of the screen is way too large.  I'll find out next year if the S.S. screen stops this.  I already have my mix ingredients on order.

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2007, 09:39:52 AM »

Fantastic Donald!!  Applause, applause~~
I have been waiting to see pictures of your set up, as I know it's been planned for quite a while.
Please keep us up on your progress.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2007, 10:38:16 AM »

AMAZING!

I think you thought of everything. I do hope that after going through so much detail, including the water filter, that you plan to grow organic Wink

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Donald1800
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2007, 12:16:13 PM »

You betcha!  I've been a follower of Rodale nearly all my life.  I still have his original series of 3" thick Limited Edition hard bound books on all things organic.  As a result of my organic past,  I am nearly forced to modify the EB system a bit (which really was based on commercial fertilizer use) by mixing some home made 4, 4, 4, organic fertilizer into the home made potting mix besides the strip before planting - I even plan to "age" the fertilized mix a month or two to allow a higher availability at planting time.  And of course I also have a soil test kit to monitor the availability and PH over time so corrections can be made in the ratios in the future.  I expect that in a year or two I will have my organic system down to a science for each plant type just like I did with my raised bed square foot garden in Idaho.

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Steve
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2007, 05:28:43 PM »

Looks great!  I look forward to seeing pictures of it when everything is in full production.
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2007, 10:05:36 PM »

Hi Donald,
   Was wanting to know if this system is on a Public water or Gravity Fed? A little earlier you inquired a about 10psi commercial regulator then someone spoke of 15-20 psi regulator,which led me to think you were possibly building it for a it for Gavity Fed system..

   My question is: Could this work on Gravity Fed system??

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PS..It looks GREAT, Job well done!! Bouncy
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Donald1800
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2007, 02:29:05 AM »

No gravity feed - I'm on city water.  My comment about gravity fed water system hook up was regarding a comment made by an EB source that the valve was designed to be used "...even at 10 psi for gravity fed systems...".  Evidently the EB is used outside of the USA in locales using collected water in elevated water tanks (see some of the new EB videos on the video page).  Plus, the over year long hold up for redesign/test of the new valve was also partially due to a problem with the variability of high pressure city water systems - hence a need for a fairly low pressure regulator.

Based on what I have been told and confirmed by Cust. Serv., the new Auto-Water Valves will work fine with a 10 psi water system - whether regulated city pressure or un-regulated 10 - 20 psi gravity fed systems.  As a side note, this fully automatic growing system is now a full fledged survival tool for remote/wilderness food production from springs with catch basins at a slight elevation or solar powered 12V RV/trailer water pump and water tank.  How sweeeet it is!

Donald1800
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ioiosotwig
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2007, 08:54:36 AM »

Nice work... and planning!
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mjb8743
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2010, 03:11:28 PM »

I think this topic was discussed loads of time before at this forum

Yes, it has... what is your point?
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