Installing Drip Irrigation in Your Home Garden.

One of the more relaxing chores in the world of gardening is sitting yourself down in a lawn chair, hose in hand, sending a gentle sprinkling of water onto your vegetable beds. That’s the kind of lazy, hours long fun you can have when you’re retired. But if you aren’t? Install a drip irrigation system in your home garden. Right now.

A woman sits in a chair hand watering her garden with a sprinkler hose.

Hand watering is almost meditative. Unless you’re watering more than 4 feet of lawn that is. If you have 1,600 square feet,  a self diagnosed hyperactivity disorder, and soil that drains like a gambler’s bank account? THEN it just sucks.

So a few years ago I looked into installing a drip system for my vegetable garden.

And then I got overwhelmed and confused and felt like I might stroke out so I continued with hand watering. When I finally got around to installing a drip system I did that thing we all do when we put something off. I swore at myself for not doing it sooner. Big swears too.

It turns out drip systems aren’t all that difficult.  They just seeeeem difficult to the uninitiated.  I ended up emailing the company I buy my row cover from and asked them to help me. They sell all the stuff you need for drip irrigation including entire kits with everything included. I just wasn’t sure what size kit I needed or if I needed two of them or if I should just do it without a kit.

So I took a shot, randomly sent them my garden plan and asked for help.

Planting graph for a 40' x 40' garden including plants and drip system layout.

Within a few days someone from the company sent me back a mock up of my garden with a drip layout, a list of everything I needed to do it and the price it would be ($324 for my entire 40′ X 40′ plot.)

It took 3 days after work to install (working 2-3 hours each time) and I love it with all of my heart.  I big heart love it.  I lasagna love it.

What’s to love you ask?  Here are a few things:

Benefits of Drip Irrigation

  • No waste of water.  It goes directly in the ground where you want it, not onto paths, not onto the dense layer of plant leaves and not into the air.
  • You can water and work in your garden at the same time.  Try doing that while dodging a sprinkler.
  • Every single inch of your garden is watered.  There are no dry or missed corners.
  • Because the water is dripped so slowly it’s fully absorbed deeply into the soil with no run off.
  • You can set it to a timer and forget about it.
  • It works especially well with raised beds which dry out more quickly than other types of beds.

So, just like installing LED lighting which you can read about here, drip irrigation can seem a bit YIKES, but once it’s explained by someone as stupid as you are, it all makes sense.  You just need an equally confused person to explain it to you.

I am just that person.

Here’s a video of the entire drip system after I’ve installed it so you can make sense of the layout and what it all looks like.

 

 

HOW TO INSTALL DRIP IRRIGATION

There are 2 types of tubing with drip irrigation: the drip tube (or tape), which has holes in it for dripping water in the beds and the irrigation tubing which is the hose that feeds the drip hose.

  1.  Assemble your filter and pressure reducer. (The pressure reducer ensures you always have constant water pressure at 12 psi.) Start your project at the end of your garden that’s closest to the water supply.

Irrigation filter and pressure reducer laid out on a wood bench in order of how you put them together.

These are what the pieces look like unassembled but laid out in order.

Assembling the filter and pressure reducer on a drip irrigation system showing which threads to apply plumbing tape to.

Tape your pipe ends with plumbing tape (provided) and screw everything together.  If you’re ordering from the place I ordered from (Dubois Agrinovation) you’ll get the exact same parts that go together in the exact same order, the exact same way).

A fully assembled filter and pressure reducer on a home drip irrigation system.

    2. Attach your assembled filter and pressure reducer to your garden hose.  Make sure it is OFF.  Then attach the end of your supply hose to the filter.

A drip irrigation system filter and pressure regular assembled and attached to a garden hose sitting on top of soil.

3.  Run your supply hose to where you want your drip hoses to run.  In my case I needed to run 2 supply hoses, one to feed the left side of my garden and one to feed the right side.  To run the hose to where you need it you may need to cut the supply hose and attach elbows or tees, like you see below.

Overhead view of various joined sections of drip irrigation tubing around corners.

4.  Run your supply hose the full length of your garden and attach shut off valves.

 

Tubing that supplies water to the drip tape runs down a long mulched path in a garden.

5. Cut your drip tape to length and lay them on your garden beds with the holes facing UP.   You should have one drip tape per row of plants or approximately 1 drip tape every 12″.

*(laying drip tape would be much easier in the spring when the garden isn’t full of plants)

Lining up irrigation tape on top of raised beds.

 

6.  Lay out all of your on/off valves where your drip tape meets your supply line.

*TIP:  If you’re working alone, lay a rock on one end of the drip tape while you run it to keep it in place.

Drip tape with blue striped side facing up laid on garden soil in order to measure the right length.

If you’re working in a garden with plants already, just lay the rock on one end of your drip tape then gently pull the plants up and lay the tape underneath.  Then pull the drip line tight and straight.

7. Attach all of your drip tape on/off valves.  For me there were 32 of them to fit.  Here’s how to attach the drip lines to the supply line.

 

You’ll notice there aren’t any drip emitters.  Each piece of drip tape already has holes in it where the water seeps out.

Karen Bertelsen arranges drip tape on top of a raised bed of squash.

8.  Before you put the end caps on your drip line you have to purge the system so any dirt that got into the lines gets flushed out.  Close the valves at the end of your supply line, make sure all the drip line valves are open and turn the water on.  This is your first test run.  Wooooo!

A home garden watering system runs between two rows of growing onions.

9.  Once you’ve run the lines long enough for any soil to have been flushed out, turn the water off and attach the end caps to all of your drip lines.

10.  Smile.  Your system is now fully installed.

An overhead shot of a drip system at work in a home garden with water seeping into the ground.How to install a drip irrigation system.

The drip system delivers water slowly through holes in the top of the drip tape.  The water will spread out and down.

Here’s a cross section of the soil after 1/2 an hour of the drip system running.  You can see how far down and wide the water has travelled.

A cross section of soil shows how wide and deep moisture from a drip irrigation system flows.

 

Still confused?  Here it is in a nutshell.

  1. Assemble filter & pressure reducer.
  2. Attach garden hose and drip system supply hose.
  3. Run supply hose along where you want water.
  4. Attach drip tape off of supply hose.
  5. Purge system.
  6. Do a little dance, make a little love.

If you have a normal sized garden and only need 10 rows of drip tape, a kit with everything you need will cost you $155.

But there are kit sizes for every garden if you take a look here.

Installing Drip Irrigation at Home

Installing Drip Irrigation at Home

Active Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate

Installing a drip irrigation isn't nearly as convoluted as it seems. Follow these instructions and you can have it done in hours.

Materials

  • Drip irrigation kit that includes tubing, drip tape, elbows, couplings, filter, pressure regulator etc.
  • Water supply

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Wrench (possibly)

Instructions

  1. Line your filter and pressure reducerup according to the kits instructions or following the photo in this post.
  2. Tape your pipe ends with plumbing tape (provided) and screw everything together.  If you’re ordering from the place I ordered from (Dubois Agrinovation) you’ll get the exact same parts that go together in the exact same order, the exact same way).
  3. Attach your assembled filter and pressure reducer to your garden hose.  Make sure it is OFF.  Then attach the end of your supply hose to the filter.
  4. Run your supply hose to where you want your drip hoses to run.  In my case I needed to run 2 supply hoses, one to feed the left side of my garden and one to feed the right side.  To run the hose to where you need it you may need to cut the supply hose and attach elbows or tees, like you see in my photos.
  5. Run your supply hose the full length of your garden and attach shut off valves.
  6. Cut your drip tape to length and lay them on your garden beds with the holes facing UP.   You should have one drip tape per row of plants or approximately 1 drip tape every 12″.
  7. Lay out all of your on/off valves where your drip tape meets your supply line.
  8. Attach all of your drip tape on off valves.  For me there were 32 of them to fit.  Here’s how to attach the drip lines to the supply line.
  9. Before you put the end caps on your drip line you have to purge the system so any dirt that got into the lines gets flushed out.  Close the valves at the end of your supply line, make sure all the drip line valves are open and turn the water on.  This is your first test run.  Wooooo!
  10. Once you’ve run the lines long enough for any soil to have been flushed out, turn the water off and attach the end caps to all of your drip lines.
  11. Smile.  Your system is now fully installed.

Notes

Quick Guide

  1. Assemble filter & pressure reducer.
  2. Attach garden hose and drip system supply hose.
  3. Run supply hose along where you want water.
  4. Attach drip tape off of supply hose.
  5. Purge system.
  6. Do a little dance, make a little love.

There’s only a month or so more of this gardening business left in my part of the world.  Once the end of September hits I’ll be thinking about ordering firewood, finishing up some canning and practicing some brain exercises so that next year … I’ll be better prepared to outsmart a slug.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How long do you run the system? Drip systems run for anywhere from 1/2 hour – 2 hours at a time depending on your soil. Different soils need different amounts of water depending on how much they drain.

Do you have to take it all apart in winter?  The system can stay put throughout the entire winter.  Just drain or blow some of the water out of the lines so they don’t freeze and break the tubes.  The only thing you need to take apart and bring inside is the filter and pressure gauge.

Will anything on the system break? Over time the drip lines might get accidentally punctured or develop holes that make the water squirt high in the air. This is alarming at first. Don’t worry about it. When you get your system you’ll get a huge roll of drip line tape so you can easily just replace it by removing the old damaged drip tape and cutting a new length of drip tape and installing it.

Do you still like it?  I love it! I love this drip system. I walk into my garden, turn the water on and let it do its thing while I work on other stuff. Seriously. I can’t recommend one of these type of systems enough.

 

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Installing Drip Irrigation in Your Home Garden.

66 Comments

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  2. JANETTE EVE KNOX says:

    Do you have a clone? How do you get it all done? You’re brilliantly funny and capable. I”d be jealous if I wasn’t so happy for you. :)

    • Karen says:

      Don’t be envious, in order to make time to do all of this I haven’t eaten or showered for approximately 3 years. ;) ~ karen!

  3. Rachel Royce says:

    Shucks! I was so excited to have my hand held so I can finally get an irrigation system in. It’s my dream improvement for this year. But, all the systems in the link in your post are OUT OF STOCK. Disappointed!!

    • Karen says:

      You can blame Coronavirus. People have gone nuts with buying up all the seeds, plants and gardening supplies. Sadly from a lot of people who will never use them I’m afraid, lol. You can get smaller kits from home improvement stores, but they really aren’t as good. ~ karen!

  4. Shelagh Ryan says:

    I probably should have come here first! I’m using rainwater and gravity to water my plants.
    I only have 4 raised beds that measure9 x5 feet each and they are a good 2 feet tall….easier on my back plus they don’t dry out as fast.
    I ordered a bunch of cement blocks and built a platform higher than the raised beds, put a livestock water trough on top of it and placed it under my downspout. I bought a stop valve for the drain on the trough and attached a short hose that reaches each raised bed where I have soaker hoses that are entwined between my veg plants. To water I attach the short hose to a soaker hose and open the valve on the trough trying not to forget to set a timer! Setting the timer is always a guessing game. Sometimes I set it for 20 minutes and just hope that will be enough and that we will get enough rain to refill the trough before it runs out!
    I have strung up my tomato plants this year following your advice, Karen, and have looped the soaker hose in a circle around the base of each plant. I wish I could send you a picture….cause I’m quite proud of my resourcefulness….especially using what I had on hand to string up the tomatoes.

  5. Sandi Remedios says:

    Okay I am going to buy this system. Do you get a commission? Should I mention your name? Do they have a system for hanging pots as well? I would love one of those for the porch.
    I want one for the front yard and one for the back yard. I am sooooo excited.

    • Karen says:

      HI Sandi! I don’t get a commission. I think at one point I was supposed to but their online system was never set up properly, lol. Doesn’t matter. It’s a great system and I highly recommend it. I’m not sure if they have hanging basket ones or not, but I can say I had a drip system for my porch hanging baskets yearsssss ago and the floor boards underneath them all rotted from the excess water dripping out of them, so keep that in mind. :) ~ karen!

      • Joseph Birk says:

        Ok, so how is this working out for y’all?

        I want a system but can not have rotted porch?

        • Karen says:

          Hi Joseph. It was years ago that I had a drip system on my porch (different type of system entirely). And I took it apart because of the porch rotting. If you create something to catch the drips from watering it would be fine though. ` karen!

  6. merle peters says:

    Great setup. I got drip in my california garden everywhere, its terrific.

    My quest for this summer is to find an easy method of injecting a liquid fertilizer in the system. Have you considered this?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Merle! I only use compost as an amendment to my soil so I never even thought of adding liquid fertilizer but it’s a great idea and I’m sure you can figure out how to do it. :) ~ karen!

  7. sheryl powell says:

    You forgot the big, big benefit of not using overhead watering to cut down on diseases. I am fighting this now in my huge ivy field. Grrrrr. And I did put in drip irrigation when I planted them all and Drip Depot has the absolutely best customer service I have ever encountered.

  8. Nancy says:

    I have installed 3 different brands and Mister Landscaper is the best. They all had tiny spray heads of different elevations. Installation was so rewarding I wanted to put an ad in Craigslist that if you needed flower bed irrigation, call me, I would do it for free.

    This sounds really even easier, if that’s possible.

    • Kim says:

      Nancy, I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I bought and installed this sprinkler system for my small garden based on your recommendation. I love it! Thank you.

  9. Christine Mercier-Ossorio says:

    Hey Karen,
    Awesome how to.
    I loved your mesh triangle bed covers.
    Since I live in the boonies with every kind of creature, I’m going to need these. Have you posted about these somewhere?
    Can you direct me to them if you have?
    Thanks,
    Chris O

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine! I haven’t done a post on them. I made them out of brackets that are specifically for making this triangular top out of and I got them from Lee Valley. However, I don’t think they sell them anymore. You could try Googling hoop house brackets. But if you can’t find them, you really just need to make a triangular frame and cover it with 1/4 hardware cloth. I put mine on hinges so they can be swung open. ~ karen!

  10. Dareios Katsanikakis says:

    Hi!
    I just set up this same system on 3 of my raised beds with tomatoes and I’m wondering how long you recommend running the system for during the summer. I live in coastal BC so our summers are more temperate.

    Thanks, Dareios

    • Karen says:

      HI Dareios! How long you run the system depends on what type of soil you have and how loose it is. I tend to water a few times a week leaving the system on for about an hour during the real heat of summer. But in BC you might get away with leaving it on for just half an hour. Just run it for half an hour and then carefully dig down beside a plant to see how far the water has soaked in. You want it to have penetrated to at least 6″. Hope that helps. ~ karen!

  11. Autumn says:

    Hi Karen,
    I’m new to your blog and am enjoying your posts. I’m about to put in a drip irrigation system and was wondering how yours is holding up. Everyone I’ve called said it’s recommended to take the whole thing apart at the end of the growing season and store inside, but I think you said you leave the entire system out except for the pressure gauge and filter part. It’s been 3 years since this post so wondering if you’ve ran into any issues leaving it out for the last several winters. Also, do you cover the drip tape and supply hose with anything (like mulch or plastic) during the winter? Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Autumn. I’m not sure how it’s done over this particular winter because my community garden has been closed because of the pandemic. But as of last fall it had held up perfectly. When I bought the system they told me I should drain all the lines, remove the ends and take the pressure gauge and filter in side. So the first year I blew out all the lines by dragging my air compressor up to the garden with me. The second year I talked with a friend who also uses drip lines and he said he just brings his pressure gauge and filter in so that’s what I did the second year. Everything was fine the next spring. I’m guessing (hoping) the same will be true this year. ~ karen!

  12. Lorian Bartle says:

    I’m curious how well the drip tape holds up in regions with hard water. Our experience with soaker hoses is that they tend to plug up with minerals over time and lose their effectiveness; I wonder if the drip tape does any better.

    • Karen says:

      I’m not sure Loraine, I don’t have hard water. However, the holds are bigger than those in a soaker hose. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. ~ karen!

      • Avery Cason says:

        You’ll be fine and when you have to install new tape its 14-15 cents a foot 8ml good for 2 seasons 15ml good for 5 and it’s just a little more expensive

  13. Jack Barr says:

    Hi, Karen. Thanks for your very prompt reply, the helpful info and, of course, your great, funny, eclectic, informative blog. I really appreciate all of it and now I must tackle this before the snow flies.
    ps: The “DYI” was not a misprint. Since most DIYs tend to accumulate multiple projects and To Do lists, I refer to us as Do Yourself Inners. Its still way better than being a member of the “I can’t find anything to do” society.
    Stay well, curious, and keep gardening!

  14. Jack Barr says:

    Hi, Karen. OK, so my question comes so late after your post on irrigation….. something I’ve been contemplating for years, but never got around to eliminating from my To Do list.
    Why did you decide to go with a particular company, rather than any other? You, like many of us DYIs, often purchase products from Lee Valley, yet you didn’t use the product they offer? You tend to thoroughly research before investing in a product, so I’d like to take advantage of your knowledge.
    Many thanks for any info you may offer before I make the plunge.

    Jack.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jack! I went with Dubois Agrinovation for a few reasons. Their prices are really good, they’re an actual agricultural company so they have top quality set ups, PLUS when I emailed them my garden layout asking for help they knew exactly what I needed to do, drew the whole plan up for me with exactly what I needed. If I had a smaller garden I may have just bought a kit from Lee Valley or Home Depot, but for a 40’x 40′ plot it was a bit more extensive. All of those things (cost, expertise, quality) are what prompted me to go with Dubois. Also I’d bought other garden things from them before and was happy with them. The company was recommended to me by someone who does even MORE research than I do, lol. He’s a market farmer. ~ karen!

  15. S. Barthel says:

    A question Karen- Why have the water bubble up? In very dry years various commercial drip systems have had problems with crows that sometimes punch holes in drip tape if the plastic is too lightweight. It seems that water bubbling up to the top might be more of an attractant for birds. Have you had to fight off the flocks?

    • Karen says:

      Hi S. That’s the recommendation from the company that I bought the tape from. The reasoning is if the tape is laid with the holes into the soil, they get clogged. I haven’t had any birds on my drip tape that I’ve seen. They’re pretty touch tapes but I have no idea how they’d do against a crow. We do have Osprey in the area but I think they’re too big to land in my plot, lol. ~ karen!

  16. Janelle says:

    Huh. Neato. Could a gal put these under sod, or are they only for above grade watering?

  17. Dale Lacina says:

    Unless you put all seeds and seedlings in at the same time in the spring, you may need to figure how to reinstall this in sections. Can the drip tape holes in the supply line be taped over until that drip tape line is needed? I am sure the garden genius you are, you have figured this out already.

    • Karen says:

      I’m not sure what you mean Dale. You mean so you aren’t needlessly watering beds that don’t have anything in them? Each drip strip is attached to its own on/off valve. :) So you can have all beds going, 2 beds going, 5 … whatever you want. It’s really customizable and adjustable. ~ karen!

      • Dale Lacina says:

        Dummy me!! I watched you install the drip tape connectors and did not recognize the shut off valve on top of the connectors. Thanks for being the equally confused person and explaining it to me. I knew you would be the genius to have that figured out. Well designed set up.

        • Karen says:

          ha! It’s a great setup. I never would have figured it out if the company hadn’t helped me. :) ~ karen!

  18. Erin says:

    Great post! I have a Dubois irrigation system on a timer for part of my covered growing space. It really is a time and water saver so I’ve meant to plan and purchase a second (&third) system for another couple of garden plots. With all the rain this summer, I keep moving this job to the bottom of the list. This would be a great time to get it so it’s ready to go in the spring. Thanks for the reminder.

  19. Paulette says:

    This is your best gardening post. Ever! You would not believe the thick crap I’ve been reading in an effort to figure out how these systems work. Not once did you mention a double check valve or an atmospheric vacuum breaker backflow preventer. The kind of words that make you think you might need a degree in fluid physics before you can irrigate a bed of lettuce.

    I had also written off your supplier as a source after being told by locals who should have known better they were too expensive for home gardeners. Also not true. I can afford this. Waaaay cheaper than what it has been taking to repair this ragged old body after a season of hauling water and hoses that weigh more than I do.

    What a relief! I can do this. Thank you for this.

    • Karen says:

      OH cripes! Their stuff is always a great price. I discovered them a few years ago on the recommendation of a fellow super-serious gardener. We would order stuff together because if it’s over $70 (I believe) shipping is free. This drip line is the BEST thing I’ve done in my garden. Once I get it hooked up to a timer I’m set. ~ karen!

  20. Heather Sykora says:

    Thank you!! Thank you!! I installed a Home Depot system two years ago – for a small 8×4 bed. The little sprinkler heads did not get enough water some places and too much other spots. It was frustrating as my tomatoes croaked in the Texas heat…. so I only planted thinks that could handle once a week watering this year- sweet potato vines – thanks to your tutorial. They look enormous 🙂. I feel inspired to try more again next year after reading this post!! Thank you!

  21. Lianne says:

    Also, check if your municipality offers rebates for installing drip systems – I know mine does.

  22. Cindy Marlow says:

    First comment: Are you sourcing for a local super market or something? That’s a TON of produce! Second comment: Excellent tutorial! We once installed a drip system to water our 1.5 acre tree and shrub nursery. We lovingly referred to it as Frankenstein’s monster watering system. Evidently we weren’t smart enough to realize that there might be a supply company that would help with the design…it was entirely trial and error. Your’s is a thing of beauty!

  23. Mary W says:

    I LOVE YOU!!!!! Now if you could do a drip system for pots on my back porch without having hose run all over the floor – dream come true. A friend did this with clear tubes that she nailed along the edge of her roof and had an extension come down each support beam or each chained up hanging plant. She also located her big potted plants under the support beams. She put a timer on it and had the most gorgeous porch without effort that you ever saw. She moved away before we got together to do mine and I just don’t take the time every day to water all the plants on my porch in pots or hanging baskets. Florida requires almost daily watering of potted plants that hang under roofs but in the sun. Of course slugs aren’t much of a problem here but I wonder – do they enjoy your garden even more now? Could you run beer through to eliminate them? You may run them away but I bet your garden would be filled with a new sort of two legged slug that slept between the rows, didn’t eat your food but crushed them when they fell over from too much ‘watering’.

  24. Ev Wilcox says:

    Seems like a lot of work to have to take it all apart every fall and redo every spring, but then you can fuss with the beds, as in adding dirt and mulch, etc, before you plant. So, all in all-a pretty good idea. Thanks for all the info and vids-you rock, as usual! Maybe you could give us some photos next spring as your veg friends are just showing? Thanks Karen!

  25. Jody says:

    The best part of that was the cross section of soil to see how deep the water goes and how far it spreads. Thanks for the info.

  26. Susan Claire says:

    I started using drip systems back in the 80’s. Great idea, but I also spent at least an hour prying earwigs and dirt (from said earwigs) out of the sprinkler heads every time I turned it on. Ants too, they really like jamming in there to get to that last drop of water. Finally gave up and trashed the whole system. Perhaps I’ll try again, improvements must have been made by now.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, the holes are just tiny little dots. You lay the hose so the holes are UP, not down touching the soil. An earwig could never get in them. There are no sprinkler heads, just little holes in tubes. Works great. ~ karen!

  27. MelissaM says:

    I’ve used a Rainbird kit bought at a home store. I put this in after planting 10 shrubs and a couple roses that I didn’t want to lose through a summer drought, and I didn’t want to be running in and out moving a hose back and forth. Marvelous system! I’ve reconfigured it now for other shrubs/plantings. I’ve never messed with an automated timer system, but that would mean watering would be effortless. If only the weeding were as effortless.

  28. Katie C. says:

    I installed a drip system with a timer in my garden beds this spring because I did not want last year’s $900 water bill to happen again. It’s AWESOME! However, we got a ton of rain this year in Massachusetts and I kept forgetting to turn the system off on rainy days so I lost a bunch of stuff to rot and over-watering.

  29. Sadie Loretto says:

    Wow! Love the ideas. I was afraid to do my own drip system, but will try next spring.

    • Karen says:

      I’m going to try to do a reminder post in the spring for everyone. This would have been much easier and much more effective if I would have been able to do it in the spring. But that wasn’t an option for me this year. :) ~ karen!

  30. Jen says:

    I can’t believe it’s that inexpensive! I have thought of this many times but was afraid it would cost too much and be too intimidating to put together. Thanks friend!

  31. Dianna says:

    Excellent educational reading with my morning tea!

    Right now, nightly waterings gets hubby up off his chair and outdoors for a little while …. so… I don’t plan on filling him in on ‘drip watering’.

    As always, such a pleasure reading your blog. Every time.

  32. Sheryl says:

    Thanks for the birds-eye view of your garden. Very meditative. Mother nature added a nice touch with the bird song.

  33. nancy says:

    I have “installed” (throw down skinny plastic pipe on the ground) Mr Landscaper drip irrigation in 2 homes in my previous life. Along with Rain bird timers. It’s such a stellar setup!! Then I moved to Seattle and I don’t think they have it here. So, I bought a look alike version instead of ordering it from Amazon. I really detest this system, I can’t remember the name of it, it’s nearly useless, you have to water for 3 years to get a good watering. Drip irrigation is just wonderful.

  34. Lindy says:

    Ahhhhh. I feel like saying ‘welcome to the sect’. We of the contented drip irrigation system tribe. I can’t believe I put it off for years before I installed. Hopefully you will convince others to leap in.

    And it’s utter bliss in my drought-ridden heat wave part of the world. When all is parched and crispy outside the potager I can wander down my rows of vegetables, fruit and flowers and know I am not a bad gardener. Everything is drip fed and lush and lovely.

  35. Deborah Burns says:

    Good job installing your drip system!! Just spent the day handwatering much of my yard, 70+ days of no rain at my house in Seattle :(

    I used multiple methods: 2 kinds of sprinklers, the flippy floppy wave (2 of them, 1 front and back) and the pin cushion, the bubbler (moved everey 7 minutes) 2 faucets, 4 different hoses, and the waterwand! Most of the time both faucets were running at the same time. AND, every morning, I run one of the flipply floppy wave sprinklers for an hour and waterwand plants still (after years) stranded in their pots and ferns! I have a slopped yard with garden areas, shrubs and trees.

    It is like a military campaign every Summer, although a much longer draught this Summer, usually in July and August we get some heavy monsoon rains that drench the landscape a couple of times. This year I didn’t even have a veggie garden!

    In anticipation of a large water bill, I paid an extra $100 towards my upcoming bill, I am sure it will be a doozy! :)

  36. Jani Wolfe says:

    Do you have to disassemble after the growing season is over or just let it lay where you have it now? Nice job as always!!

    • Alberta Karen says:

      yes, Karen, please address this question. If I was to install this, can I leave it in the garden over winter? In Edmonton?

    • Gayke says:

      I went to the website and downloaded the brochure. It says to disassemble the system after flushing it at the end of the season, and store the filter & pressure and the hoses inside for the winter. AND, they recommend replacing the tape (not the hoses) every year to prevent bacteria/algae build up.

      I just dug and terraced my 30×45 garden, installed 12 4×4 beds. I think I may just buy 1/2 inch PV, cut 3 to 4 or so three foot pieces for each bed, drill 1/16 in holes and put them together with tees and elbows (connecting them without gluing, so I can take it apart each fall, and put back together each year, storing the pipes in my shed). I found the plans on Pinterest. I’ll have to find a pressure control, but they are sold at garden supply or places like Lowe’s or Home Depot.

  37. Lois Baron says:

    Wow. That’s cheap for garden happiness. Way to go!

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