Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Garden Tours - Part 5

Last Saturday, we visited our friends, the Burkholder family for the 4th of July. Mr. Burkholder grows a garden for their family. He is growing raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, lettuce, pole green beans, pole lima beans, bush lima beans, lots of tomatoes, squash, cabbage, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, wineberries, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes and potatoes. Mr. Burkholder also is growing walking onions. Have you ever heard of walking onions?

Mr. Burkholder has a very creative mind. He developed a drip irrigation system using PVC pipe and a liter bottle. Mr. Burkholder uses this system for his blueberries and rhubarb. The bottle neck was screwed into the PVC pipe while he torched the pipe in order to hold it together. Next, he poked holes in the pipe so that the water would slowly drip out. He placed a cap on the bottom so the water would stay in the pipe.

The water that Mr. Burkholder for his drip irrigation system is from his rain water collector that he designed. Here is how it works. The water rolls off of the roof and into the gutter. The gutter is directed to a hose that is connected to the top barrel. The top barrel is connected with a hose to the bottom barrel. The water drains down to the bottom barrel, where a nozzle is connected. When they need to get water to refill the irrigation system, they turn on the nozzle which is gravity fed. He is planning on painting the outside of the barrels black so that it will not mildew inside.

Thank you, Mr. Burkholder, for letting me tour your garden!


  1. That is a huge garden. I've never heard of walking onions--they sound unique! And the irrigation system is very inventive.

  2. I like the irrigation idea. I have seen similar ones in gardening catalogs, but this is the first time I have seen a home-made one.