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Dry weather gardens
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PCC-AL    Posted 05-28-2002 at 02:58:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot of us have been seeing too much dry weather and here is what I have done that helps.
For the last couple of years, I have bought 1/2inch soaker hose in 100ft. length at Walmart when I could find it on sale. I have a dozen lengths now. I make my rows 100ft. and set out plants or plant seed along the hose. I connect them all together with Y adapters and short regular hose. Of course, my garden is not far from my house and water faucet. The soaker hose does not use as much water as you may first think and I can apply it directly where needed. Works fairly well.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-28-2002 at 14:49:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like you have dry weather gardening figured out! If you are interested, we have posted a few pictures on one of those free web hosting sites you can look at showing how we try to get by during Okla's 100+ summer heat. It is www.picturetrail.com/Okie-Dokie.


MikeH-Tx    Posted 05-28-2002 at 10:19:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tried those soakers, but if you have high mineral content water, which my well does, they last only a couple of weeks before they don't soak any more.

What I use instead, on orchard, vineyard and garden, is the drip irrigation setup from Home Depot, but with a variation. The plastic 5/8in main line and the 1/4in drop for each plant works well, and are pretty cheap, but the drippers themselves get clogged for the same reason as the soakers, and become expensive. So, I made my own. They are essentially clamps that fit over the 1/4in hose and restrict the water to whatever I set with a thumbscrew. Infinitely adjustable and easy to clean. The collar is made of nylon tubing so it won't rust against the thumbscrew that I insert into a hole I drilled and tapped into the side of the collar.

Drippers sound complicated, but I can make a 100 of them in a couple of hours in the shop, and for about $.20 each.

I finally have a drip system I like.


Ted Webb    Posted 06-08-2002 at 22:31:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
MikeH -Tex.

Could you possibly send a drawing or sketch of your drippers via e-mail or snail mail to a transplanted Texan (Ft. Worth) living in Australia.

I'm looking at drip irrigating a few acres for hay or winter pasture. The drip system I use in my garden clogs up often. Sounds like your idea might be be what I'm looking for.

Ted Webb
70 Brouffs Roaf
Fernvale, QLD 4306
Australia

twebb@gil.com.au

Thanks



DeadCarp - lake water    Posted 05-28-2002 at 06:56:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
We use lake water in the yard. I got tired of tiny holes plugging up with sand, so drilled a few staggered 1/16 holes in a long length of 1/2" plastic pipe with a tee on the far end. Works fine, fast, drags around easy and lets the tiny sand thru.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-28-2002 at 06:39:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
May sound funny but to keep weeds down we water by a watering can. Tryed sprinklers but with all the wind you can only do it once it is calm. So we use the can it takes a while but works real good. We have lots of water from the well but all the other ways we tryed did not work as well. Mark H.


George8NFL    Posted 05-28-2002 at 18:00:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark you need to use the h2o from that nice pond. Save that good fresh well h2o. Also saves the wear on the submersable pump. The ol above ground pump is a lot cheaper to fix/replace. You may just need to insulate it up for the winter. And those drip methods are the way to save that water imho :)


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