Minus Tran

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In this 2010 trial from Australia, they compared a variety of types of veggies grown in three systems, identical except for the method of supplying water:
Constant Siphon
Constantly Flooded
Timed Flood and Drain (15/45 min)

The result from this small 18 month trial is that timed flood-drain wins, hands down, across most plant types with faster plant growth, more worms, and larger fish. It also used less energy since the pump switched on and off.

The constant-flood and bell siphon systems traded back and forth for 2nd place. In the end, certain kinds of plants did better in constant flood and others with the siphon.

They provided no explanations for why they thought the results were what they were, though others made a lot of speculations across the 40-page thread. They were trying to be un-biased, so avoided making judgments.
10 months ago
I know the idea of using natural stone for dry stacking has been addressed in several other post.  The thought I wanted to mention is that dry stacking can help you cover up a multitude of landscaping issues.  In our part of Texas we have a lot of areas that are primarily flat rock.  Nothing will grow on these areas and if they happen to be in your yard, that becomes a problem.

Our solution to several problem areas was using natural limestone that we picked up in the pasture in order to build raised flower beds.  This solved the unsightly areas and added great landscape features to the yard area.

The flower beds have stood up well over the years.  Basically we have to replace a few rocks here and there that the wild turkeys knock off when they come into the yard.

This was a win win solution for us.  The material was free and it solved several unsightly landscape issues.  
10 months ago