Regardless, it is only my first spring garden so it's not all for naught! Gardening is a learning process and I believe this just prepares me more for successful growing in the fall!
But back to spring...
Here's the layout of my square foot garden. As mentioned in an earlier post, the Greenland Gardener is short of a few full squares. But fret not! Those half squares are completely usable. I'm trying out radishes (I saw the first sprouts today!), carrots and spinach in each 1/2 a square.
I have an aversion to chicken wire fence, but hardware cloth in the dimensions I need is just too cost prohibitive. And so I settled. And I think they actually don't look too shabby. I got these stakes at each corner and just wrapped the chicken wire around. I did fold about six inches outward and buried it to protect my greens from persistent jackrabbits who might dig.
And here we are, a week later, with everything in the ground. I've put in the 1/4" spaghetti drip extensions (not my favorite part).
And since I know there's quite a bit of gardeners who read these posts, I'd like to pose the irrigation question. I need your help! I have 0.50 gallon per hour drippers with one dripper per plant. I water twice a day - early morning and early evening - for five minutes each time. I live in the high desert so the air is arid. It is still in the mid-60's-low 70's during the day and in the 40's at night. My problem is, I come home from work and do the "finger test" and the soil is dry! I racked up the watering time to 9 minutes now, but I'm not sure if that is too much! I bought a bag of mulch today but I did not top the bed yet since I have delicate seedlings still sprouting. Should I increase my watering time? Should I abandon these spaghetti drips altogether? Is there a better solution?
Garden Universe: HELP! I would appreciate it if you could leave your comments and suggestions below. Thanks!