End of the Deck Garden and Start of Rainwater Collection

 

 

The long hot Texas Summer has ended, gardening is drawing to a close for the year and it’s time to move forward on my plan to move the deck garden to ground level and the drip irrigation system to a rainwater collection system.  After two years of having the garden on the deck, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just not a good approach given the very high Texas heat.  I’m also interested to see if I can make a rainwater collection system work and then use it to power my drip irrigation system.  My inspiration for the rainwater collector is a combination of the work we’ve done at our ranch over the past few years collecting rain for our wildlife and my Dad’s recent implementation of a commercial rainwater collection system for his house (I also recommend supatank also as a great investment).

Drip Irrigation Cherry Tomatoes Recover

Drip Irrigated Container Red Cherry Tomatoes Growing Again after Texas Summer Heat
Drip Irrigated Container Tomatoes

My cherry tomato plants are beginning to recover.  Too little too late I think though.  They were almost dormant through out the Summer and failed to produce any fruit at all.  With cooler evening and night time temperatures, they’ve begun producing fruit again but it is almost impossible to stay ahead of the birds who are starved for food due to the lack of any flowering plants during the Summer drought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patio Tomatoes Thrive with Drip Irrigation

Blooming and Fruiting Red Patio Tomato on Drip Irrigation
Patio Tomato on Drip Irrigation

My patio tomatoes have recovered nicely and are bearing fruit again.  I really like these little plants and will continue with them next year.  They produce nice little fruits and the plant is quite sturdy and doesn’t require a cage.  Again though, keeping fruit on the plant until it ripens is a challenge with all the little critters.  I acknowledge that I’m going to have the same issue when I move the garden to ground level but we’ll solve that problem at that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pear Tomatoes Continue to Suffer

Pear Tomatoes Bearing Small Yellow Fruit with Drip Irrigation System
Pear Tomatoes with Drip Irrigation System

I really like my little pear tomatoes and they are trying as hard as they can to produce fruit again.  They appear to be the most sensitive of all of my tomato plants to the heat and have not fully recovered yet.  They do produce flowers but seldom get to the fruit setting stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepper Plants Love the Heat?

Deck Garden Pepper Plants in Full Yellow Bloom Despite Texas Heat
Deck Garden Pepper Plants

Not surprisingly, my pepper plants thrived all Summer and continue to do well.  We are well into our second crop of peppers for the Summer.  That said, without any tomatoes, it’s hard to make any salsa with the peppers so they haven’t seen much harvesting or use this year.  I probably won’t continue them next Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Dog!

Deck Garden Peppers Bare of all Leaves Ravaged by Dog
Deck Garden Peppers Ravaged by Dog

I have a large dog – a Great Pyrenees – who guards our yard and keeps most of the critters and deer at bay.  She developed a weakness in her hips and the vet recommended reducing her weight.  After all, all she does is lay in the yard and bark at things that don’t belong.  That’s her job and she does it well.  At any rate, after cutting back her daily diet to help her lose weight she showed a distinct interest in ANY additional food.  One evening, my wife noticed she was sniffing around the pepper plants suspiciously.  Next morning, viola – she’d cleaned us out.  Now, I don’t know if dogs have the same intestinal reaction as humans when it comes to peppers but I suspect her next morning daily ritual was something that she’ll remember!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Dad’s Commercial Rainwater Collection System

10,000 Gallon Rainwater Collection Inspiration by my Dad
Rainwater Collection Inspiration

We’ve had two years of below average rainfall in Texas and many of the water wells are running dry.  While my Dad’s well has not run dry, he is concerned that it might and he decided to invest in a commercial rainwater collection system.  He purchased a 10,000 gallon tank that collects rainwater from his 40 by 80 foot barn.  An inch of rain is calculated to collect 1250 gallons from his barn roof.  I had been considering a rainwater collection system for quite some time but never had the initiative to proceed.  Once I was able to learn from what he was doing, I found the initiative to begin my own project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Flush Rainwater Collection Cleaning

Small Tank Debris Filter for Rainwater Harvesting System
Debris Filter for Rainwater Harvest

One of the challenges with rainwater collection systems is cleaning the first flush of collected rainwater.  Leaves, dirt, dust, debris, bird droppings and anything else that lands on your collection surface is going to get caught in and carried by the first rain collected.  Thus, an initial cleaning system is needed.  This is a picture of a custom designed and adjustable system that collects and separates the first flush debris prior to allowing the subsequent rainwater to run into the collection tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Collected Rainwater Potable

Blue Canister and UV Light Rainwater Collection Purification System
Rainwater Collection Purification System

If you’re going to use a rainwater collection system to pwer your daily personal water usage then you must treat the water.  This is my Dad’s commercial system that is made up of a pump, mechanical filter and UV light treatment.  Water from this system is piped directly into his house and ready for human usage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rough Design for My Rainwater Collection System

Pencil Sketch of Rainwater Collection Site Plan
Rainwater Collection Site Plan

I want a rainwater collection system to serve three purposes.  First, to water my garden.  Second, to provide water to soak my house foundation to minimize the ground movement that is causing problems with cracks in my wall boards and floor.  Third, as a backup source of potable water to support my survival kit building.  This is a rough sketch of my house floor plan with the deck.  The circle indicate where I plan to locate my water storage tanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under-The-Deck Location for Rainwater Collection Tanks

Rainwater Harvest Tank Location Under Deck at Back of House
Rainwater Harvest Tank Location

My water storage tanks will be placed under my deck.  This puts them out of site and protects them from the heat and sunshine which can deteriorate the tanks and cause algae to grow in the tanks.  The structure of the deck supports does put some size limitations on the tanks.  I can’t utilize a single 10,000 gallon tank like my Dad did so I’ll have to find the largest tanks possible that will fit under my deck.  My garden for next Summer will also be located at the base of the stairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainwater Collection Downspouts

Two White Rainwater Collection Downspouts
Rainwater Collection Downspouts

I have a plethora of rainwater collection downspouts and most of them drain to the back of the house – exactly where I want to locate the tanks.  This will help tremendously in reducing the cost and complexity of the rainwater collection piping system needed to move the rainwater from the roof to the rainwater collection tanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainwater Collection Tank Selection

Green 1,000 Gallon Rain Water Collection Tank
Rain Water Collection Tank

I searched the internet and found 1,000 gallon water tanks that fit my dimension criteria in San Antonio – about an hour drive away.  I went to inspect and purchase one tank and was pleased with what I found.  My biggest concern was transporting the tank from San Antonio back to my home.  Interestingly, the tank itself only weighs 175 pounds.  It cost $750 and I suspect that the majority of the cost of the tank is in shipping rather than raw plastic materials.  I wanted an opaque green tank rather than translucent white tank to minimize the potential for algae growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Rainwater Collection Barrels

Blue and White 55 Gallon Food Barrels for Rainwater Harvesting
Barrels for Rainwater Harvesting

Right next door to the tank store is a guy who sells used plastic food barrels that are approximately 50 gallons.  These tanks are used to ship all manner of food stuffs to restaurants.  I’ve used these types of barrel for years for easy and durable trashcans.  We’ve also begun using them as cheap alternative rainwater collection tanks for our rainwater collection efforts on the ranch.  Just so happens that we used the last of my personal tanks for the most recent rainwater collector and I need some more.  I like to keep at least 4 of them in my basement and fill them with potable drinking water in advance of a hurricane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transporting Rainwater Collection Tanks

Grey Trailer Loaded with Three Blue Barrels and Green 1,000 Gallon Tank for Transporting Rainwater Collection Tank
Transporting Rainwater Collection Tank

Transporting the tanks wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be but they were definitely cumbersome.  I had to borrow my Dad’s trailer to get the big tank properly secured to travel on the highway.  Luckily, I had some left over room on the trailer and then in the bed of the truck so I could restock my plastic water barrel supply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decomposed Granite for Rainwater Collection Tank Pads

Grey Trailer with 2 Yards of Decomposed Granite for Rainwater Tank Pads
Decomposed Granite for Rainwater Collection Tank Pads

My research into rainwater collection systems indicated that each tank needs to be places on a stable pad.  Since my house is on the side of a hill and the dirt is clayish and tends to move depending on rainfall, I decided to get decomposed granite to make individual pads for each rainwater collection tank.  I purchased 2 yards of crushed granite at a local stone supply place and hauled it on the same trailer I used to get the tanks.  Decomposed granite compacts very very well and is very stable once it is laid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gravel Pad for Rainwater Collection Tank

Grey Gravel Pad and Wooden Barrier for Rainwater Tank
Gravel Pad for Rainwater Collection Tank

I used a simple set of four boards to make a temporary frame to place and level the granite pads for the tanks.  Here, you can see the location of the pad for the first tank and it’s proximity to the rainwater downspout.  I’ll use the decomposed granite to build a total of four pads – even though I only have one tank.  As with most of my projects, I’m starting simple, making small steps, learning from my mistakes, innovating quickly and moving forward each week.  The next step is to place the rainwater collection tank and then design a first flush filter.

 

 

 

Summary of the Summer Garden and New Rainwater Collection System

The Summer heat has broken and the drip irrigated deck garden is attempting to recover but it’s probably too little, too late – even with a drip irrigation system and plans for a rainwater collection system.  It’s time to begin planning and work for the next phase of deck container gardening which will use a rainwater collection system to fuel the drip irrigation system.  I was inspired my Dad’s rainwater collection system to begin the project and I’ve designed the system, purchased the first of four tanks and created the pad where the rainwater collection tank will sit.  The next steps are to finish the pads with the remaining granite, design the rainwater collection system piping and first flush cleaning system and then install the piping system.  The last step is to wait and pray for rain to validate my design and move forward with my rainwater collection system.

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Drip Irrigation Check Valves & Soil Temperature in Containers

Soil Temperature in Containers Measured with Soil Thermometer

Soil Temperature in Containers

Drip Irrigation Can be Tough During a Texas Summer

The Texas Summer heat is brutal and most of the plants are suffering.  To add insult to injury, my irrigation system for flower boxes and container gardens failed at the drip irrigation check valves and faucet connection as well.  Drastic action was needed to stop the drip irrigation system leak.  Furthermore, I finally figured out that my fertilizer system wasn’t working properly either!  Needless to say, with this comedy of errors, some of my plants just did not make it through June.

The soil temperature in the containers remains in the upper 90’s or lower 100’s every day during the day.  Night time temperatures in the soil can drop as low as the mid 80’s (yes, I set the alarm to get up and check them) but this is not enough to withstand the punishment of the daily heat.

Soil Thermometer on Ground to Compare to Soil Temperature in Containers
Soil Thermometer on Ground

In contrast, the soil temperature on the ground, even in a sunny spot, remains in the mid 80’s during the day and mid 70’s at night.  My plant shades are not working as well as I expected.  While the temperatures are lower than last year without the plant shades, they are not shielding the heat enough.  My plan is to try some insulation boards cut to fit inside of the plant shades and see if that has an impact.

Drip Irrigation Liquid Fertilizer and Stopping Drip Irrigation System Leaks

Drip Irrigation Liquid Fertilizer Problem at Half Full and Not Working with Drip Irrigation System
Drip Irrigation Liquid Fertilizer Problem

I noticed over two successive weeks that my automatic fertilizer system that uses drip irrigation liquid fertilizer on my inexpensive drip irrigation system did not need to be refilled.  That means that it is not siphoning off fertilizer and feeding it into the irrigation system for flower boxes and container gardens.  To confirm the problem, I emptied the fertilizer container and filled it just half full.  When the drip irrigation system for container gardens is working properly, the only visible change is the change of the color of the water in the fertilizer container from brown (when it has fertilizer) to clear when it does not have any fertilizer.  It should remain full of water all the time.

Drip Irrigation Attach to Faucet Y - Cheap Method Caused Continuous Problems
Drip Irrigation Attach to Faucet Y – Cheap Method

This is my second year using inexpensive AND expensive hose bib adapters to provide multiple outlets at the single hose bib on my deck.  I have three devices that I need to connect

  • water hose to fill the wading pool for the dogs
  • water hose to the automatic waterer for the dogs
  • drip irrigation attach to faucet which starts with the drip irrigation system timer and drip irrigation system check valves

I’ve tried inexpensive plastic Ys and expensive bronze Ys.  They all eventually begin leaking and then break off completely.  With the scarcity and high cost of water, it is very important to stop drip irrigation system leaks.  There doesn’t appear to be much pressure applied by the hoses or drip irrigation system to the Y adapter but there must be just enough to put an unnecessary strain on it.

New Drip Irrigation Attach to Faucet

Drip Irrigation Attach to Faucet in Custom Application for Three Hose Bibs
Drip Irrigation Attach to Faucet in Custom Application

So, I had a plumber come out and create a specialized hose bib system for me to eliminate this problem.  This allows me a direct drip irrigation attach to the faucet.  It cost about $170, which is about 30 times the average cost of the Y adapters but, more importantly, eliminates the surprise of the plants not having water for a couple of days and the cost of the wasted water that just spills on the ground.

Drip Irrigation Check Valves Remounted on Short Hose After Drip Irrigation Attach to Faucet
Drip Irrigation Check Valves Remounted on Short Hose

The new hose bib arrangement presented a problem.  The orientation of the hose bibs did not make it easy to put the drip irrigation system timer and drip irrigation system check valves back the way it was in the past.  So, I used a short hose to connect the drip irrigation system timer to the hose bib and just let the timer unit rest of the deck.  This, and the separate hose bibs for each device actually proved to be very beneficial!  When I used a single hose bib with Y adapters, the flow/pressure control was very tricky and had to managed across the hose bib itself AND the flow regulator valve on the Y adapter.  I found that the system seemed to work best at a lower pressure for the drip irrigation system.  Sure, I had some leaks from the drip irrigation system check valves, but who doesn’t?  When I changed the setup to the new configuration, I tested it by applying full pressure from the hose bib to the drip irrigation system.  Two things happened that pleased me.

  1. The system leaks disappeared
  2. The fertilizer system started flowing

I’m not sure if stopping the drip irrigation system leaks and the fertilizer system flowing are due to the new, higher pressure or from the new orientation of the timer unit on the deck which relieves some of the pressure it was causing on the hose bib and Y adapter.  Nevertheless, several problems were solved!

Gravity Drip Irrigation Kits?

On a side note, I would love to have a gravity drip irrigation kit to try.  My next project will be capturing rain water and creating a dedicated deck container garden drip irrigation system using a gravity drip irrigation kit. If you know of a good gravity drip irrigation kit, please let me know.

Drip Irrigation Liquid Fertilizer Fixed for Testing with Drip Irrigation System
Drip Irrigation Liquid Fertilizer Fixed for Testing

I’ve refilled the fertilizer system with drip irrigation liquid fertilizer for testing this week – I have high hopes for a return to successfully fertilizing my deck container garden.

Planter Box Irrigation Cucumber Nasties
Drip System Cucumber Nasties

My cucumbers suffered mightily.  They developed some sort of nasty looking fungus on the young cucumbers and then failed to produce any cucumbers at all.  I suspect the very high heat in the container contributed to this problem.

Deck Container Garden Cucumbers are Gone
Planter Box Irrigation Cucumbers are Gone

So, never one to beat a dead horse, I pulled up the cucumbers and let the weeds grow.  I suspect that, if I want to grow cucumbers, I need to start them much earlier or later and not try to grow cucumbers in the middle of the summer in a deck container garden.

Drip Irrigated Cherry Tomatoes Suffering from Soil Temperature in Containers
Drip Irrigated Cherry Tomatoes Suffering in the Heat

The tomatoes are another story.  While they aren’t producing tons of fruit, they seem to be doing OK and producing enough for a small salad every day across 3 plants.  The cherry tomato plant is struggling the most out of all of the tomato plants.  Some of this may have to do with the very sporadic watering they received during June when I had drip irrigation system problems.

Drip Irrigation System Patio Tomato Plant Enduring Soil Temperature in Containers
Drip Irrigation System Patio Tomato Plant Enduring Summer Heat

The patio tomato plant is the winner by far.  No matter the heat or water it just continues producing very nice and tasty 2-3″ tomatoes.  Probably the biggest weakness for this plant is it’s apparent inability to fully support it’s fruits.  Even though the stalks are very thick and short, it has problems with stems bending and breaking approximately half of the time.

Deck Garden Patio Tomatoes Ripen on the Vine
Drip Irrigation Patio Tomatoes Ripen on the Vine

The patio tomatoes are absolutely the most delicious of the three.  They are sweet with thin skins and a tangy after taste.

Deck Container Garden Yellow Pear Tomatoes are Thriving in Hot Soil Temperature in Containers
Deck Container Garden Yellow Pear Tomatoes are Thriving

The Yellow Pear tomatoes continue to produce but struggle.  These tomatoes are also very delicious and very very sweet.  They start out with approximately 10-12 little tomatoes in each bunch but only 3-6 will survive to ripening.

Peppers Fully Matured Using Drip Irrigation System for Container Gardens
Planter Box Irrigation Peppers Fully Matured

The chile pepper plants are abundant and love the deck garden setup.  That said, I’ve determined that I have little or no interest in the peppers in my daily diet.  So, I’m letting them ripen fully and then dry and die just to see what happens.

Deck Container Garden Strawberries Gone
Deck Container Garden Strawberries Gone

The strawberries are gone.  My daughter was sad but asked me to continue watering it and let the weeds grow as some sort of cemetery for the departed strawberry plant.

Summary of an Inexpensive Drip Irrigation System

June was a tough month in the deck container garden.  Drastic action was needed to stop the drip irrigation system leak at the drip irrigation check valves.  Two of the six plants did not make it.  Two of the six plants are thriving and two of the six plants are surviving.  The heat is expected to continue through at least August.  My next experiment is to try some insulation board on the inside of each plant shade to see if that can reduce the brutal heat.  The dramatic, if expensive, improvement to the hose bib  where the drip irrigation attaches to the faucet and inexpensive drip irrigation system should stop drip irrigation system leak at the drip irrigation check valves and ease the suffering of the plants and resume regular fertilizing.

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Drip Irrigation and Shades for the Container Garden

Texas Heat and Drip Systems for Decks and Containers

The deck container garden is coming along nicely.  It’s been quite hot and dry in Central Texas and the drip system for deck and containers that I use has been very helpful.  Every plant, except the strawberries, has a planter box irrigation emitter and has bloomed.  For container gardening, should they bloom this early/young and should I allow them to keep their blooms?  Even through the dry weather, the drip system for decks and containers that I use for planter box irrigation has continued to be set on 5 minutes twice daily and the soil moisture appears to be sufficient.  I don’t have anything to test the soil moisture in the irrigation planter boxes but it appears to be OK.

Early Blooms in the Planter Boxes with Drip Irrigation

Container Gardening Cucumber with Blooms
Cucumbers Blooming in an Irrigation Planter Box

The cucumbers were the first plants in the container garden to begin blooming.  Some of the blooms even progressed far enough to start little cucumbers.  I’ve read that cucumbers will start blooming first.  Since this is supposed to be a high volume/space deck garden, I think it is more important for the plants to invest in size rather than reproduction at this point.  I have a fertilizer feeder for the irrigation system but have not yet added any fertilizer to the mixture – the plants are receiving tap water only at this point.

Container Garden Tomato Plant Blooming
Tomato Plant Blooming using Drip System for Deck and Containers

Then, within a day or so, the cherry tomatoes started blooming as well.  This is going to be a great cherry tomato plant when it matures but I think it is still too young to spend its energy on blooms and reproducing.  In the past, I’ve been told that container gardening or changing the water schedule for a plant pot can cause plant blooming.  The water schedule has not changed and there has been no rain to speak of.

Plant Pot Tomato Plant Blooms
Tomato Plant Blooms in Irrigation Planter Box

Even the small variety patio tomato plan start producing blooms.  In fact, it produced the most blooms of all.  Sure it is too early and young for beginning to produce fruit.  I use a drip system for decks and containers in this container garden for all of the plants in the garden and they all receive the same amount of water at the same time and frequency.

Container Garden Tomato Blooms
Tomato Blooms using Drip Systems for Deck and Containers

Actually, I’m kind of impressed with the close up quality of these pictures.  Each planter box irrigation setup in the deck garden has one one gallon per hour emitter dedicated to it.  This is a picture of the blooms on the patio variety tomato plant, which is dramatically shorter but stockier than the traditional variety tomato plants.  Nevertheless, each tomato plan is receiving the same amount of water from the drip irrigation system.

Container Garden Tomato Blooms
Tomato Blooms in an Irrigation Plant Pot

The yellow tomato plant pot was the last plant to produce blooms.  This tomato plant is also a cherry variety but has yellow tomatoes instead of red ones.  This tomato plant is the thirstiest of all of the plants.

Blooming Pepper Plants in a Container Garden
Blooming Pepper Plants Using Planter Box Irrigation

Even the pepper plants started blooming.  All of the plants in planter boxes in the container garden receive the same amount of water from the drip irrigation system and are planted in identical containers.  Nevertheless, I rigorously hunted and plucked each of the blooms on a weekly basis.

New and More Shades to Protect Soil Moisture for the Irrigated Planter Boxes

Deck Garden with Drip Irrigation System
Deck Garden with Drip System for Deck and Containers

The plant box shade that I built as a pilot project seem to be working well.  Additionally, the Texas Summer heat is starting and I want to avoid the soil temperature problems I had last summer.  So, I built out the balance of the planter box shades and installed them on each plant box.  The plant box shades are only three sided to avoid any problems or interference with the drip irrigation system for decks and containers that runs on the back side of each plant box.

Plant Cage Detail for Container Gardening
Irrigation Planter Box Cages

We also have a deck shade, not for the plants, for the dogs, and my wife noticed that the plant cages were too tall to accommodate the shade.  It’s getting hot enough now that the dogs need more shade and the kiddie wading pool to keep cool during the long hot Texas Summer.  It also helps the gardener while container gardening.  So, it was time to trim back the plant cages.  It was easy enough because I had the foresight to use hose clamps to hold the plant box cages together so it was a simple matter of moving the hose clamps downward approximately twelve inches and then trimming the tops of the cages. The cages are mounted high so they also don’t interfere with the planter box irrigation.

Irrigated Deck Container Garden
Deck Garden with Drip Systems for Deck and Containers

Here, the plant cages for the container garden have been trimmed and the planter box shades have been installed.  Both the shades and the cages avoid any interference with the drip irrigation system for the container garden on the deck.

Shade for Planter Boxes
Container Gardening Shade to Cover Irrigation Planter Boxes

The deck shade has been install and the dogs now have a cool place on the deck and the shade won’t get torn up on the ragged tops of the plant cages.  It’s interesting to note that I had this same shade last year but it did not prevent the planter boxes from overheating.  I’m betting on the plant box shades to prevent overheating this year.  I haven’t yet measured the soil temperature with a soil thermometer but will do so prior to my next post.

The Irrigated Planter Boxes Flower

Drip System Cucumbers in a Plant Pot
Cucumbers in an Irrigation Planter Box

The cucumbers continue to grow and flower.  Since the plants have been planted 9 weeks, I’ve decided to let them flower and product fruit to see what happens.  I’d prefer that they be larger before producing but will experiment to see what happens.  I expect that I will need to increase the watering cycle in the irrigation for planter boxes soon to accommodate this change in growth and the smaller planter boxes I use in container gardening.

Deck Container Tomato Garden
Deck Container Tomatoes in a Planter Box with Irrigation

The cherry tomatoes have continued flowering as well.  This is a smaller plant than the yellow tomato plant but seems to produce denser blooms.  I double checked the planter box irrigation emitters to make sure this plant was receiving the same amount of water as the others.

Deck Container Tomato Plant
Tomato Planter in Planter Box with Drip System for Deck and Containers

The patio variety tomato plant does not seem to require a container garden plant cage for it’s plant pot.  It’s stem is very thick and strong and it’s branches are short and dense.  It will be interesting to compare this plant to the other tomato plants in terms of production as well as drip irrigation water usage.

Deck Container Caged Tomatoes
Container Garden Caged Tomatoes with Irrigation Planter Box

The yellow cherry tomato plant is the fastest grower of the bunch.  It’s stem and branches are slimmer but does not seem to use any more drip system water than the other plants.

Pepper Plant in a Deck Planter Box
Container Garden Pepper Plant in a Planter Box with Drip Irrigation

The pepper plants are going gang busters.  In one case, I already have a very small pepper already.  This planter box has two planter box irrigation emitters to provide one for each plant in the box.

Strawberry in a Planter Box
Strawberry in Deck Garden with Planter Box Irrigation

The strawberry plant continues to lag the field in the container garden.  It does show some growth but not very much.  The soil appears to be quite dry but the drip irrigation emitter is sitting directly on top of the root system and all of the water from the irrigation system is going directly to the plant’s roots

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