This raised bed has a line of 1/2" poly tubing, dotted with 360-degree Spectrum Sprays.
Raised beds with drip irrigation are the easiest way to grow your own vegetables.
Raised beds offer easy planting, weeding, and harvesting.
Want to make the watering easy too? Add drip irrigation—with a timer, it will deliver a steady supply of water to your plants, whether you’re in the garden or on vacation in Paris.
We have a diagram showing you how to construct your own drip lines and sprayers, and we offer a pre-made kit too.
The only complicated part about drip irrigation for raised beds is the initial connection to the outdoor spigot. We’ll walk you through that process right now, and you can also see our video on the subject.
Watch Tricia connect her irrigation system to a spigot.
This is the way to start to any kind of timed, drip irrigation system (large or small). Attach the Y Connector to your outdoor spigot and then add the other parts in order:
Filters are recommended for all drip irrigation systems, but if you have very clean, city water you might be able to get along without one.
Poly tubing is the spine of your drip irrigation, and it’s purple in this diagram.
Use Power-Loc Tees (black in this diagram) to connect the 1/2” poly tubing.
You can see the shaded areas, showing the scope of the sprayers. This diagram shows several blue dots for Olson O-Jet Sprayers on Olson Riser Tubes and Spike Stakes: 4 45° sprayers and 2 180° sprayers. The 2 360° Olson Ultra-Jet Sprayers in the center have 1/4” Barbed Couplers connecting 1/4” poly tubing to Irrigation Stakes. If your bed is smaller you might be able to eliminate the 180° sprayers.
You can choose the spray diameter of your Ultra-Jet Sprayers to fit your raised bed. This diagram shows blue sprayers with 11” spray diameter for a bed that is approximately 2’x2’.
Want a system in a box, ready to hook up to your water source? If you have a 4’x4’ or 4’x8’ raised bed you can order a kit with all the pieces, ready to put together. Minifarmbox™ created these kits to go with their raised beds, but you can also use them in beds you build yourself.
For more information: We have advice, and installation tips, at our Drip Irrigation page.
If you’re in the Grass Valley area, come to our store and nursery where our knowledgeable staff will answer your questions and show you the full range of irrigation products.
Kay Stocksdale Says:
May 24th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
I have (9) 3’ x 8’ raised vegetable beds running three across length wise. I want my water source to come in from the three short sides and go down and up again to the next two sets of three beds. I would like to use the most simplest set-up. The photo at the top of this article, ( a line of 1/2” poly tubing, dotted with 360-degree Spectrum Sprays.), looks like a good candidate. How would I set up three lines from one regular water hose source, then flow the tubing from bed to bed and still be able to push my wheel barrow through the 3’ spaces between beds. Also, what would I put at the end if I wanted to consolidate the three lines back to one and feed a soaker hose to the outer perimeter of the garden? Thanks so much for your help.
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jun 5th, 2013 at 12:01 pm
This is such a difficult one to address without diagrams. But let’s give it a whirl.
Come off the spigot as usual with 1/2” PVC and do a tee at the first row of boxes. Run the PVC along the face of the 3 boxes with elbows up to the outer two.
Do the same thing in reverse order at the other end of the beds to bring the lines together into PVC where the soaker hose can be connected to water the perimeter - if there is sufficient pressure remaining for soaker requirements.
You will still have to run the wheelbarrow over the PVC at the ends of the beds, but that should not be detrimental if the wheel barrow is not overloaded.
Hope that is clear!