The Square Foot Gardening and Drip Irrigation post gives an overview on how I set up my square foot gardening beds and the mist irrigation system that keeps them watered.
There are not many pictures in this post as I have included a video below that gives you a tour of my square foot gardening area and drip irrigation system.
The picture shown shows a brown irrigation hose run up and down the garden bed. It will drip at 12″ intervals which is perfect for a square foot garden bed.
The bed in the picture looks a little messy and that is because I just added some hairy vetch cuttings from another bed. Hairy vetch is a nitrogen fixer and the tops that I added to this bed will help add nitrogen to the bed.
The drip irrigation system that I bought came from Lowes. I bought a kit called “Mister Landscaper Drip Irrigation Vegetable Garden Kit”. The components of this kit includes all outdoor faucet attachments to hook up and run 50-ft of 1/2-in poly tubing to vegetable garden area and includes all the components to attach and run from 1/2-in poly maximum runs of 33-ft of the 1/4-inch in-line drip tubing down a row of vegetables. The system also has 1/2 GPH drippers that are molded into the 1/4-in tubing and drip every 12-inches. To help control flow there are five 1/4-inch on/off valves can be used to turn on and off water supply to the 1/4-in in-line drip tubing.
The kit is a great start for all of the necessary parts, but I did purchase some additional items to go with the kit. I bought additional 0n/0ff valves and another 100-foot section of the 1/4-inch drip line. I also bought a timer to automate the time that the irrigation system runs. I bought the timer from Lowes also.
I have been using the system for 3 years now and it works great. I drain it and pack it up in the fall and then lay it back out in the spring before my summer vegetables go out.
Square Foot Garden
My square foot gardening beds are based off of Mel Bartholomew’s book on square foot gardening. I did a book review on his book a while back and that review can be found at: Square Foot Gardening Book Review.
I name my beds based on location. They are called front right, center right, back right, front left and back left. Each bed has rows A, B, C, and D and they have columns 1 through 16. I then have a sheet of paper that I use as a key to let me know what each plant is and where it is located.
One of last years bed keys is shown in the picture. It is not anything formal or pretty, just something so I can keep track of what is where. In the picture you will notice that there are some additional numbers. For example, Miner’s Lettuce has a 9-4 in the block with it. This number represents the seed starter tray that it came out of. If you’re interested in that numbering scheme, you can check out my article on How to Start Seeds Indoors.
The YouTube video below shows the drip irrigation system as well as the square foot garden beds in my back yard.