One of Farmer D’s “to do projects” has finally been implemented here on the urban homestead. A couple years ago he drew out plans to irrigate the raised beds by watering below ground.
There’s always ways to improve things here on the urban homestead and we’ve learned it’s all in the little steps that sometimes get overlooked especially when one gets so busy with other things.
With Pasadena now under a Stage One Water Shortage we finally had some spare time this summer to get back on the water conservation track and to “water projects” we had talked about or even started years ago. Life has a funny way of derailing your path sometimes.
Anyhow, back to the new project!
Over the next few months they hope to covert all 50 of the raised beds and see how well this experiment with bottom watering works. Using ollas and now with the newly installed subsurface irrigation method we hope to see our water use drastically reduced.
Going up and under. Farmer D and J add a new level to the raised beds complete with a subsurface irrigation system.
Adding more dirt (that we keep in barrels that come from the compost pile and animal enclosure)
Installing the bottom irrigation tubing system
Someone’s been working hard! Note the “farmer bandage” aka duct tape! That’s some man hands for ya.