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.
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.
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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