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Drip Irrigation—Save Water!

April 1, 2011 - GrowOrganic
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Drip irrigation can save on your water bill, protect our water resources, and even increase your crop yield by applying deep water. If you bury the irrigation lines you’ll thwart annual weeds too. Annual weeds don’t thrive with below-ground irrigation because they need water near ground level where they germinate. There are lots of good reasons to use drip irrigation! GETTING STARTED WITH DRIP IRRIGATION Tricia introduces several methods of drip irrigation in our new video. Let’s…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener and water is key to a thriving garden. Making sure that you get the right amount of water at the right time to your plants is crucial but setting up an irrigation system is not that difficult.

Today i'm going to show you a few drip irrigation options that you can choose the bests one for your garden. The first step in setting up any drip irrigation system is connecting to your water source and i'm going to do that using this Y shut off. This allows me to connect my irrigation line on one end and still give me the option using my garden hose on the other side I'm also going to install this timer. Timers are an inexpensive way to conserve water this timer will be programmed to water early in the morning to avoid evaporation and to water for longer periods every other day to promote deep root growth. The next few pieces I'm going to install are essential to a good drip irrigation system. This first one is a vacuum breaker that prevents back flow which is created by negative line pressure and most city codes require a vacuum breaker to ensure that you wont contaminate your water source. The next component I'm going to install is this flushable filter and in this case it requires a brass adapter to install it properly. This is going to keep any sediment from getting in my water supply and clogging my emitters and finally the pressure regulator this is going to help prevent my irrigation lines from bursting and control the pressure. A starter fitting it's going to connect to my poly tubing. Poly tubing is a great way to get water where you want it to go. It's a tight squeeze but that's what you want you don't want any leakage i'm just gonna lock it down make sure it's totally tight and leak free. See that wasn't complicated was it? Let's take a look at a couple of different types of irrigation options that you can branch off of your poly tubing. T-tape is an excellent way to water your vegetables or your raised beds. It's simple to connect your T-tape to this poly tubing all you need is this fitting and a hole punch T-tape has water emitting slits every eight inches. The slits close when the water is off virtually eliminating the chance of clogging For complete water coverage you should space your lines of T-tape about every nine inches. If you have any area where you don't want to water in straight lines the soaker hose is great it lets you meander you're water throughout your garden landscape. Soaker hoses seep water their entire length and they can be buried where the roots are watered directly no evaporation or wasted water. Emitterline emits water every twelve inches and it allows for curving or elevation changes in your landscape. This is great for everything from blueberry hedges to meandering around trees under the canopy of the branches right where the roots are. One of our employees uses it in a straight line like T-tape where twelve inch spacing is desired instead of eight-inch. In this area of the garden I've connected risers to the poly tubing and on top of the risers I've installed micro-sprinklers these micro spray emitters are great for watering shrubs or leafy greens in your vegetable garden that enjoy overhead watering. Well thanks for joining me today I hope that all my drip tips have helped you. Be sure and check out our blog where you'll find detailed diagrams about all these different irrigation setups. Conserve water help your plants thrive with good regular deep watering and grow organic for life

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Debbie Randall Says:
Jan 23rd, 2013 at 11:15 am

After putting in our front and back yard flower and vegetable garden, we were faced with the daily task of watering by hand.  This was a time-consuming, yet enjoyable exercise.  However, when it came time for vacation, we knew we had to find a way to water when we were out of town.  A drip watering system on a timer came to our rescue. The entire system of lines, sprayers, and emitters was installed in a couple of days.  We were surprised at how smoothly it went together.  We really liked the drip tape for its flexibility. 

Planning our drip system took some thought.  We have a garden with plants that have two different watering needs.  Some of our plants require infrequent deep watering, while others require daily watering.  The solution was a timer with versatility, so we purchased the Claber DUPLO 8410 Programmable Water Timer, the brains of our newly installed drip system.

We are very pleased with our system.  A drip system on a timer is ideal for anyone who either does not have the time to hand water, or just wants the ease and versatility of an automatic system.  Don’t be intimidated.  With a little instruction, a basic drip watering system is well within reach and well worth the effort.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jan 27th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Debbie, Thanks for your garden report! It really helps to know what works well for a home gardener.

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