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Good Lord!    Posted 02-13-2003 at 13:49:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anyone used an underground form of irrigation?
I'm thinking of converting my garden this year to conserve water, but the conventional ones are very expensive. I'm wondering if it is possible to make one out of drip pipe or something.

bill b va    Posted 02-13-2003 at 17:43:53       [Reply]  [No Email]

because you don't know when it's going to be too dry for your garden and waste your time, fertlizer and seed money i have been experminting with under ground irrigation the past 2 years .what i do is buy the 3/4 inch plastic poly hose in the 100 foot rolls . about $12 for the 80 lb rated roll at lowes . i then drill 1/16 inch holes about every 18 inches and bury it directly under the row before i plant . the first year i layed off deep furrows and covered it before planting . last year i worked out how to pull it under ground with my tractor .i especially like this for my tomatoes . i also use some of the same hose with the holes for above ground irrigation . i found the soaker hoses made from old tires ( the weepers ) don't last very long same with other soakers ( about 2-3 years ) and a lot more expensive. the poly plastic hose has i think a 20 year warrenty .i get fittings and adapters to connect the irrigaton hose to garden hoses so i can us my well water to irrigate . with pressure the holes will not get clogged .i use the cheap garden hose ball valves to regulate pressure to the irrigation hose .with low pressure the water can soak in without flooding and not allow the holes to clog .i like to turn on the water full pressure for a few minuites to get the air out and clear the holes .have thought about adding a clear plastic stand pipe as a visual indication of applied pressure

steve II JD4000    Posted 02-13-2003 at 15:59:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah I know what they are. it's a hose you put about 1 or 2 or 18 inch under ground about ? 30 inch apart or 40 inch, I dont know, I have see them but dont know where to get hose, I have some and lay it on top works fine. sure nice to put it underground but cost $$.. not less you have 5 acres to put it under ground it works in some corn feild where they use P.V. where they cant get water to, put hose under ground keep that end watered. I am sure would like to do that when I find some land for a garden sure does save alot water from run off.

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-13-2003 at 14:15:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not the right guy to answer any question about irrigation. I'm just curious as to what you're converting your garden into.

Good Lord!    Posted 02-13-2003 at 14:28:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I'm not one to answer irrigation questions either :-).
I've seen underground pipes, with holes drilled in them, and a curved "roof" I guess over the top.
The deal is, you bury them and run water through them, and the soil is irrigated without losing any water on the surface.
If it sounds hokey to you, then you know why I'm asking, cause it does to me too.
The systems are in use here at the University of Nevada Ag. test station nearby and they seem to work for the alfalfa fields and the football stadium at the school, but only been in use for 1 year.
Seems like the holes would fill with dirt? clog?
I might try a small spot and use it elsewhere if it works out.
I was hoping someone might have tried it.
Sorry to ramble, tough thing to describe.

Greg VT    Posted 02-13-2003 at 16:15:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We irrigated part of our patch a couple, two, three summers. Set up was 1" plastic pipe, feeding sections of 1/2" rubber hose containing holes every few inches. You put "emitters"(sp) in the holes around the area you wanted water and plugged the unused holes with supplied plugs. You could vary the water discharge by using different emitters. You could also run a short section of smaller hose from the 1/2" to customize the setup a little more. The stuff we used we got for free from work. It had been used for five seasons before we got it and we used it for three seasons with no problem. At the time our patch was only about 250sq' and it worked out well. Our new patch is about 3000sq' and growing and as a rule we don't usually need to add much to Mother Nature's contribution so we haven't set it up for a while. If we did have to do any significant watering over the long haul I'd probably set it up.

I have know idea how much what we have would cost as we got it for free.

I've heard tell that some folks do all right with the "soaker hose" stuff. The porous rubber hose that leaches water out to the soil over its entire length. I think it's quite a bit cheaper but doesn't last as long.


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