Yesterday we started the potato planters. I added some scoria and dirt to the planter frames, Jenn planted the seed potatoes, and I added new irrigation for them.
Here is a base of scoria (for drainage) and a wheelbarrow load of very damp dirt (3-way mix):
Previously we had a soaker hose for the potato planters, but that didn’t do a very good job of delivering water to the plants (and not all around them). So I added better irrigation, starting with a convoluted pipe off the tap of the nearby bed:
The underground pipe to that tap actually goes right by the potato planters, complete with an expansion point, so one day I might add a separate tap for the potato planters, instead of splitting off this bed. But I decided to take this approach for now.
Since I mentioned that, a minor digression: here’s an old picture from 2014 showing that portion of the veggie garden pipes; the potato planters are just beyond my toolbox:
Another old picture, showing the aforementioned pipe expansion points:
One day I should do a post with plumbing projects like this one from before I started this blog.
Anyway, back to present day.
The irrigation pipe goes behind the potato planters, with emitter leads for each planter, so they can be moved as more dirt is added:
I used a new kind of emitter that has a wider coverage than the sprinkler kind I’ve previously used, so one emitter gives even coverage of the whole thing:
Hey why not… here’s a GIF edition of that picture, showing it working:
Here’s a wider view of the planters and piping:
As the potatoes grow upwards, we’ll add more dirt and retaining boards, resulting in several layers of spuds.