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funfool 03-30-2013 02:30 PM

Ideas for drip irrigation?
Last year I had a small 5'x8' garden with a couple peppers, tomatoes and watermelon.
Watermelon took over the yard, no watermelon this year :no:

It was simple to water these individual plants with drip irrigation.
This year I expanded the garden 5'x20' and construction is finished in the back yard and will soon be adding flower beds :yes:

With the expanded veggie garden, am growing salad/salsa garden. Is many plants like beets, onions, radishes etc... can not water individual plants. And with limited space, those plants are in groups and not rows. About 16"-20"x5'

So far I just planted seeds last week, am using a sprinkle can to hand water. But I do have some drip lines setup, they have holes every 12" apart and can work.
Experimenting with them, looks like I will need to double them up and run everywhere to get good coverage.

They have soaker hose available, I somehow think will not work but do not know.

I am thinking of going with micro sprinklers on raised supports, but I know many plants do not like to have their leafs watered, and the micro sprinklers do use a lot more water then drip.
Just wonder what others use for this situation.

djlandkpl 03-30-2013 03:21 PM

Last year, I converted my garden to drip. I have a zone on my irrigation system for my garden. For years I used overhead sprays. After converting to drip, my harvest improved and I used less water. My beds are about 18 inches wide and I have the drip hose run up then back down the bed (cuts it into 3rds). I let it run for about 90 minutes during the peak of the summer and it gets the soil wet deep and wide.

You could use micro sprays but you lose the flexibility of where you can plant things unless you plant to plug the hose each season.
This is the hose I used:

funfool 03-30-2013 04:01 PM

Thanks Dan, this is what I am playing with now, But I need to buy some more to complete it.
Just wondering what others are using and if there is a better choice before I commit and do it all in this way,

Really has been some serious drought here for the last few years and want to use as little water as possible, while still getting the job done.
I will continue with the drip tubing that I have which is same as yours.

gobug 03-31-2013 10:28 AM

I have dubious thoughts about using drip irrigation in my raised box garden. It works well for trees and shrubs. I plant my garden boxes intensive companion ways. I visit each box each morning. No matter what water system I have tried, I have to monitor and water some areas by hand based on my morning observations. Each box has it's own spigot and I made little sprinkler systems for each box. It helps reduce water consumption, and stays mostly in the boxes. I still have to water some by hand.

I have tried soaker hoses. They do not work well unless you have long rows of some things you are watering. The water forms a funnel shaped pattern of moisture as it leaks from the soaker. Even 3 rows of soaker hose in a 4' wide box did not evenly water the box. They also had to be put in prior to planting seeds or seedlings. That was another problem. It limited where the seeds could go. They also needed to be removed if I wanted to turn the soil.

Another problem with drip lines is squirrels. I had to repair damaged lines half a dozen times in my one year. I tried to hide the 1/4" line, but the squirrels would find them. Repair was quick and easy, just aggrevating.

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