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Sepp Holzer's edible tubes - has anyone tried building one?

 
Lidia Marchioni
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Hi all

I'm gathering materials to construct an edible tube as described in sepp holzer's latest book, Desert or Paradise. The description is short and lacks details and I'm wondering if anyone tried building them yet. The tube I'm going to construct is going to run from the roof to the ground of a one story house, about 9 feet. I'm not certain about watering the tube... If I pour water down the 3 inch perforated pipe, that's in the middle of the tube, it will just all run to the bottom and seep through the holes down there, right? I am going to close off the pipe at the bottom, but still, I don't see how the top plants are going get any water. Is the expectation that I should pour so much water at a time that there should be "standing" water in the pipe? Does it make sense to fill the pipe with wood chips to slow down the rush of water? I'm still not sure the top plants would get enough water, while the bottom ones would simply get soaked with all that water pressure. Any ideas appreciated!

Lidia
 
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Howdy Lidia, Welcome to Permies! I have not seen this book yet so not sure what Sepp might be talking about. Does this sound like it ?

http://www.permies.com/t/9028/permaculture/Sepp-Holzer-edible-tower

Or somewhere in this thread?

http://www.permies.com/t/2101/permaculture/Vertical-Gardening
 
Lidia Marchioni
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Hello Miles

Thanks for responding. Edible tube is pictured in the second link you posted and the photos are titled sausage_josef.jpg and sausage_patricia.jpg. I'm still puzzled as to how the water is distributed in the tube, though.

Lidia
 
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