Aug 062011
 

vegetable garden drip irrigation installation

Drip irrigation for vegetable garden

The best kind of irrigation installation for vegetable gardens is a drip system. Drip irrigation systems save water, ensure that vegetable gardens get water where they need it—at the root of each plant instead of on their leaves, and save time spent on weeding because water delivery can be focused on a small area instead of the whole vegetable bed.
Drip irrigation installations can be as simple as snaking a water hose around the base of your vegetables and poking holes in the hose to very intricate combinations of drip hoses and end point delivery systems.
The drip irrigation system shown in this video is a middle-of-the road installation with several zones controlled by ball valves, a system of drip hoses, and a few bubble spouts for specific plants. Planning out your drip system is the hardest part of an installation. Once you figure out how your vegetable garden will most benefit from what type of water delivery, the actual installation is simple.

My Vegetable Garden Drip System Installation included:
1. PVC pipe from the pump house to the vegetable garden with a shut-off valve at the pump house.
2. Five control valves along one side of the vegetable garden with non-drip hoses leading off each valve.
3. Pre-punctured drip hoses leading off the main non-drip hoses for the more densely-planted vegetable beds (such as the asparagus bed).
4. Individual non-drip hose delivery to the base of each plant in the squash bed (ends left open).
5. Bubble spouts at the end of each hose at the base of blueberry plants.

The method of installation of drip irrigation is to use a puncture tool to punch holes in the main water delivery hose, insert a joint fitting into the punctured hole, and attach a drip hose of desired length to the other side of the fitting. Snake the drip hose through the vegetable bed and close the end with a plug or sprayer attachment. Stake everything down with tubing stakes (I discovered–because I was working on a chandelier project made of bicycle parts–that broken bicycle spokes make perfect irrigation tubing stakes).

  5 Responses to “Vegetable Garden Drip Irrigation Installation”

  1. qual a melhor irrigação para legumes espessor ou gotejamento

    • Irrigação por gotejamento é melhor que aspersores em toda situação porque a água é entregue diretament à raiz e não às folhas onde se evapora.

  2. Hi, looks like a great system. What do you do about plantings the next yesr? Just put the plants back or just move the hose about I guess? Thanks.

  3. This is probably the most important activity for a garden in January. Throughout most of this area, winter droughts are common. Even though temperatures may dip very low, the available moisture necessary for plant growth may be lacking. Often the greatest damage to plants is caused by a dry freeze.

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