Installing drip irrigation in the vegetable garden is really a very simple project that will not only save you time but money in your vegetable garden. A drip irrigation system will eliminate the need to spend a large amount of time providing supplemental watering over the summer freeing up time for other activities.
Advantages Of A Drip Irrigation System
- Time savings by not having to manually water the garden.
- Save Money by controlling the amount of water used.
- Keeping plants healthier avoiding stress and increasing production.
- Save labor on weeding by targeting where the water is applied.
- Conserve water helping the environment
This project can easily be done in one to two hours on the average size garden. Most of the retail garden centers are now selling drip irrigation kits that contain everything you need to set up your system, including complete instructions. You may also order parts directly on line from suppliers. Our drip system is attached to our lawn irrigation system and has it’s on zone set up on the timer clock. It could also have been run directly from a garden hose with a hose end timer, but as long as we had a free zone we opted to add it to the irrigation system making it completely hands free. While you may think that drip irrigation is very complicated and would be hard to install it is just the opposite, drip irrigation is simple but effective.
It would be beyond the scope of this article to provide you with a step by step installation guide but I will outline the basic components so you can get a feel for it and then include some links to tutorials and installation videos.
The Components Of Drip Irrigation
- The heart of the system of course is your water supply.You must know how much pressure and how many gallons of water per hourÃ‚ flow from your water source. This will determine which type of system you will use low flow or pressure compensating. (There is a simple test for this in the tutorials links.)
- TheÃ‚ back flow preventer willÃ‚ keep your water source safe from the intuition of bacteria back into your household water system.
- TheÃ‚ filter will be connected before you start running your system into the garden this will prevent fine particles and grit from clogging your system.
- The main supply line will provide the means to get your water from the source to your garden usually a 1/2″ poly tubing.
- Emitter tubing is used to connect an emitter from the main line to the emitter usually 1/4″ tubing.
- Emitters are the actually device which provides the water to the plant.Ã‚ They could be stakes, sprinklers, or drip emitters placed at the base of the plants.
- Pressure regulating valves are used when you have a high water pressure to keep the pressure at the proper pressure and prevent to much water from flowing through the system.
- A manifold is used on the main water supply line and is a series of valve either manual or electric which are all connected to the main line and are used toÃ‚ run a sub main line or zone on larger systems.
Now you have a basic understanding of the main components it will be easier to know what the tutorials and videos are talking about. I have chosen to include the link to the supplier I use as they have been around a long time and I believe they are one of the best when it comes to support and in terms of products. Please visit this link and you will find a ton of information,tutorials,and videos. Dripworks
Good luck with your drip system irrigation!