Fence Hydro Plan
Down at that other end by the house will set a reservoir elevated to about 1' with Eco-396 submersible pump. It will pump vertical 5' through a line which will have a drip emitter spaced every 8' (spacing of posts). Every post will support a vertical 4" PVC pipe, 5'tall with holes drilled at every foot interval, four per that will hold strawberries in my foam plugs (like a stacker). Not sure of whether to use any media or just allow a continual drip through a small screen to disperse the drops into very small size to just keep the roots wet. Each vertical pipe will be tee'd into a 4" horizontal "drain" that will catch the excess from the drippers and all excess water pumped through the feed line will flow from the tail end back to the reservoir and feed plants spaced along the horizontal, plants and pipe supported by the fence. Hopefully the dog will keep the birds chased away!
If I use media it will likely be perlite since my brother gave me a whole bail of it and I will have to insert a sort of screen in the bottoms of the vertical pipes to hold it out of the drain line. Not sure yet of what will be required for such a thing. Will strawberries grow in a purely hydroponic situation without media and having the roots continually dripped on? On the other hand, media would likely make it so that I could use a timer and not run the pump continually. Hmmm.
Anyway, I was looking at the "Hydro Stacker" and like types of systems. Only $300+ for one automatic unit to hold 20 berry plants or whatever. No thanks! I'm sure it's good and all but I prefer to try a $1 per foot PVC with foam plugs first since it's working in the greenhouse.