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Postby JIM H » Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:30 pm

How do you fellows irrigate your garden? It appears that a whirly bird type sprinklers would feed more weed than feed the garden. I plan to have a garden 25x50 to start. I have a 3/4 water supply nearby.
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Re: irrigation

Postby Eugene » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:20 pm

I have several small garden patches, couple of container tomato plants and one plot about the size you describe. I use soaker hoses on the larger garden plot. For the smaller plots and containers I water by hand with a garden hose.

Wet last year. I didn't water the garden.
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Re: irrigation

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:20 pm

A drip irrigation system does the job with the least amount of wasted water. Do a Google search on "drip irrigation". You will find dozens of suppliers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drip_irrigation
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Re: irrigation

Postby SONNY » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:26 pm

I have to haul water from the river,---but a soaker hose works good and most folks recommend the drip system! thanks; sonny
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Re: irrigation

Postby DanR » Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:46 am

I use the hose in the furrow method.
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Re: irrigation

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:57 am

One thing to consider with the soaker hoses, and with the drip systems is the amount of calcium in your water. In this area they only last 2 years, or maybe 3 at most.
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Re: irrigation

Postby SONNY » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:27 pm

Excellent point John!!!---water quality is a limiting factor as to the smaller openings of these hi-tech. systems,---even filters are not going to help ! thanks; sonny
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Re: irrigation

Postby daddydip » Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:55 pm

i just picked up a book on water storage.it talks about different ways to store water for garden and potable . i plan on running the water off of my shed into a 250 gallon plastic tank. it has a shut off valve and i will run it into the soaker hose.hopefully when there is dry times it will help and i'll be watching the weather like a hawk to know when to drain it looking for a refill. i have the water trough for my beef set up similarly . i have yet to put up the two rain gutters i have to drain into their trough but ,even with out, the rain keeps it topped off pretty well.
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Re: irrigation

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:35 pm

Old timers in this area had diverters on the downspouts so the water coming off the roof for the first few minutes of a rain could be diverted carrying away the dust, bird droppings. etc. that had accumulated on the roof. You might want to think about that so the hoses don't plug up.
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Re: irrigation

Postby Eugene » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:05 pm

Mother Earth News had an article or two on collecting rain water. Perhaps the article is on line.
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Re: irrigation

Postby DanR » Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:21 am

I did the Google search on drip irrigation. Many claims about the use from container plants to row cropping. Seems to me that it's use on anything more than a small garden or greenhouse would not be cost effective or practical. Some how I cannot picture a 1/2 acre garden with 5000 feet of little tiny plastic tubing running thru it. I'm no hydrologist but 25 # of water pressure at the start of a 5/8 hose is not going very far to be useful.
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Re: irrigation

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:26 pm

For that type of set up you use a manifold system with a larger pipe supplying smaller pipes along it's length. The thing about drip irrigation is that the water flow is very small, so length, etc. does not create as much of a problem as on normal sprinklers.

A disadvantage is the you only get water right under each emitter, so you must lay everything out EXACTLY the same each year.
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Re: irrigation

Postby Miss Farmall » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:14 pm

daddy dip, will the pressure, or lack thereof, have any effect on your drip-type hose?
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Re: irrigation

Postby TexCub » Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:48 am

I irrigate our fruit trees with drip irrigation and love it. Our garden (when we plant one) is done with soaker hoses because I was too lazy to set up drip. Drip irrigation is very easy to set up though. What I like the most is knowing exactly how many gallons I'm putting down and where.

I split a water bill with my neighbor for both of our fruit and landscape trees, so the convenience of knowing how much each of us use is a big plus...

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Re: irrigation

Postby daddydip » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:06 pm

Miss Farmall wrote:daddy dip, will the pressure, or lack thereof, have any effect on your drip-type hose?


i think that what john said about filtering is the first priority, due to if it's blocked i would not have any way to clean the hose out thoroughly. i think gravity will help in my garden due to a slight grade i plant on. after the hose fills with water the slight pressure of the water and gravity should help the soaker hose weep. the trick i guess is to keep every thing after it leaves the tank on a downward grade. this is all theory ,it could be a big failure or a wind fall. i plan to mulch heavy and to also plant using landscape cover the black porous stuff that stops weeds but allows water through. i have a script to mother earth news and will try any of that stuff with in reason or availability. :)): :idea: :)): :lol: :big afro:
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