If you are going to build the Greenhouse I’ve designed, you might want to consider installing a misting system to water your bedding plants and seedlings like the pros do. If you go into most nursery greenhouses, you will find misters hanging down watering the plants with a gentle mist. If it’s good enough for the Pros, why not YOU? Too hard to do, you say? Naaaa.
First you need to understand a little about a drip system and it’s components. To me, the heart of the system is the Mainline. It carries the water, IN VOLUME to the misters, sprayers, drip tape and emitters, depending on what it is you are trying to water. I water my fruit trees with emitters, my blackberries and strawberries with T-Tape, and I have a set of misters installed in my TP Greenhouse. I just did a video explaining how simple it is to install the misting system in your greenhouse. You can see it here:
Several have asked about the misters I used. I could only find them Here …everything else can be found in the Store (I think). I used the 3/4 GPH barbed ones, in case you want to try them too. There is a yellow-tipped mister in my Store that I have ordered and will try out. They are adjustable. That might be a plus.
Keep in mind (as I mention in the video) that you can use the greenhouse design for a great little chicken tractor. If you live in the south where summers can be brutal, you might want to consider putting in a mister or two to help the girls out. I think they will thank you for your efforts with more fresh eggs. You help them out they help you out… Mmmm…
Now… you will be punching a lot of holes in the mainline tubing. “What for” you ask? Well, the Mainline is just a supply line for the water to travel to the end-users, which are the emitters, sprayers etc. An awl type hole punch will work, and you can find them at any big box store, but I have found them to punch an inferior hole (have you ever heard of such a thing?) If you are going to be punching a lot of holes, an awl type hole punch gets old real quick on your hand and wrist . You should think about getting a nicer one.
This the Hole Punch I use:
The hole punch will make a 1/4″ hole in the 1/2″ mainline. After you punch your holes you will be inserting something into the mainline to channel the water where you want it to go. It may be a 1/4″ hose (via 1/4 barb), it may be a sprayer, emitter or mister. There are lots of ways to configure your system to suit your needs, and the particular thing you are trying to keep alive. I use all kinds of ways to water. I even water a small raised bed area with overhead sprinklers.
By the way… stop buying sprinklers !
You can make your own cheaper, and they will last a lot longer. If you water your lawn with movable sprinklers, I have a better design for you to try. Watch my video “Mo’ Betta’ Sprinkler” here:
The Pop-UP type sprinklers have screens in them that you can clean out, and I have found this design to work great on a garden (get them up higher in the air) or for my lawn. Build at least one of them this year, and you won’t buy another store-bought sprinkler.
Now… fruit trees. If you don’t water ’em you’re gonna kill ’em. ‘Specially when they are in their “formative years”. You should water them deeply and regularly, I have found that a drip system, on a timer, works great. I haven’t lost one yet that was on an irrigation schedule. I have about 3 dozen fruit trees, and I water them all with emitters like this one. They seem to be very happy.
So, there are lots of ways to water your crops, veggies, fruit and nut trees. You will just need to pick a delivery system that is right for the application. T-Tape works great on row crops like my above mentioned blackberries, but also for veggies planted in rows.
I made a video covering the basics of building your system. It is really an Irrigation 101 type video, explaining the individual parts and what the heck you should expect them to do for ya. Here is a link to it. The video explains it, better than I can type it. It is much more VU (visually understood). I don’t go into filters or pressure reducers in the video, but I plan to do a follow-up on it soon, so stay tuned.
So, what are some other uses for this? Well, if you are prone to propagating (rooting) your own cuttings, you can use a propagation bed with misters overhead to bring a much greater level of success. Again… I have a video on that too. Seems like I have a video on everything, huh? Well, this bloggin’ thing is new to me, but I’ve been doing how-to type videos for several years.
In other words, this ain’t my first rodeo (pronounced Row’–Dee–Oh not Row-Day’-Oh)…
So, you can see the wide variety of uses for drip irrigation. My vids really do explain better than I can here, but don’t be intimidated by drip irrigation. It is really that easy. Try it. And, think about getting a few timers to take all the guesswork out of it. They can be a lifesaver (and a plant saver).
You can visit the Drip Irrigation Category in the STORE tab above. I think I stocked it with everything you’ll need.
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