Leaky Hose And Drip Irrigation Systems

This is the last post in my three(3) part posting on conserving water usage in your garden. I hope you have found some of this information useful or at least has set you off in a direction that will allow you to conserve water in your summer gardening.

Terracotta pots or deep pipe watering is great for individual plantings like tomato’s, cucumbers, squash and wide spaced plantings like cantaloupes and melons. However they do not work well when you have longer row(s) for things like beans, peas, okra and other row planted garden crops.

A good reference source for drip systems and components The Drip Store
Disclaimer I do not recommend this business over any other company. I find their website useful in determining what components I will need to build a good drip system and as a good reference to determine how much that system will cost to build and install.

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Individual plants watered by drip irrigation

Drip emitter watering is also well suited for wide spaced garden crops. Allowing you to install emitters only where you have planted your tomato’s, cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes and melons.

Properly designed and constructed drip systems can be a time consuming project and can not be done on the frugal side of garden watering systems.
However drip emitter watering is a good long term investment whether your using them to water your garden or ornamental flowers, bushes, trees, grape vines and berry crops.

A well designed and constructed drip system will consist of (as a minimum) a pressure regulator, filter(s) 1/2 inch poly-pipe and a bag full of emitters. And under some installations 1/4 inch feeder hoses fitted with one or more emitters.

Drip systems are best suited for long term drip watering installations. As an added benefit, with the proper attachment you can inject your favorite liquid based fertilized while watering your garden plants.

leaky-pipe Leaky Pipe (Hose) is a very good choice for row watering closely spaced plants like beans, peas, greens and root crops of all kinds.

When installing and using leaky hose I strongly recommend using a 10 – 15 PSI pressure regulator attached between your water source(faucet) and the leaky hose.

Leaky hose can easily water one or more rows of closely spaced plants with a minimum of water. Limiting the amount of water waste or watering your unwanted weeds. Leaky hose is sometimes sold under the name of soaker hose. 5/8 and 3/4 inch are common sizes for soaker hoses.

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4 responses to “Leaky Hose And Drip Irrigation Systems

  1. Your posts on conserving water by various irrigation methods is well-timed for my dry, central Texas garden. I’m looking to install drip irrigation to some of my beds this spring. Your information will be helpful!

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    • Re simple hive – Thanks for taking time to visit my humble little blog and for your comment(s)
      I’m glad that you found some of my posting info useful.
      Grin … Daddy raised in Erath county near Dublin, TX. said that Texas has only 1 rock. But that rock covers 50 or 60 counties in central Texas.
      Happy rain filled summer gardening

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  2. I have also found that deep mulch is an excellent way to conserve water. I plant my seeds or seedlings directly into the ground, but as the stems grow, I keep pushing more and more mulch around them, covering the entire garden in deep mulch so that at least 6 inches of mulch covers it. You should only need to water once or twice at the beginning, then maybe once a month unless the temperature is really high, then maybe once a week at most. The mulch conserves the moisture in the ground around the roots and keeps it from dehydrating the plant. Check out the “Back To Eden” videos online. The method really works!

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    • Re Jori Schellenberger Thanks for taking time to visit my little blog and for your comment(s).
      Yes your right and I don’t address using a heavy mulch nearly as often as I should.
      Personally I have two problems keeping mulch where I put it. First if it’s fine or light weight after a 60 or 70 MPH wind most of my mulch has moved to my neighbors wheat field.
      If it will float, after a heavy rain most of my mulch is floating away in the near by creek :-( Either way this is not a good thing.
      Happy deep mulched gardening

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