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Revolutionary EarthMister SubSurface Irrigation Install – Saves 20% more water than Drip Systems

This is John Kohler with
Today I have an exciting episode for you. And some of you guys have been waiting for
this one for definitely a long time. So, I’m finally, well I guess kind of in between seasons.
But, not really, I’m kinda running a little bit late. But, finally took the peppers out
and they were actually planted in this very raised bed right behind me. This raised bed
is approximately four feet by fifteen feet. And as you can see, we have the drip irrigation
installed. Now, today’s episode is gonna be a very special one because I’m gonna
do the EarthMister installation for you guys to show you guys how it’s installed, and
basically go over how it works. Now, I don’t know how it works yet because I haven’t
installed it and I haven’t used it yet. But, this is gonna be the install video, and
then I’m gonna do some testing to see how it works. Well, first let me back up a second
here for those of you that aren’t in the know – what is the EarthMister? Well, the
EarthMister is a revolutionary irrigation system that claims to save up to 20% more
water than even the most efficient drip irrigation systems on the market at this time. If you
are a new subscriber and haven’t watched my old videos, I would encourage you to watch
them. I have actually two episodes on, I think it was entitled, the revolutionary irrigation
which I introduced YouTube land and my viewers to this irrigation system. Now, what I like
to do is I like to be on the cutting edge. You know, sometimes cutting edge things work
and sometimes they don’t work. But, nonetheless, if you’re not on the cutting edge, still
find out about the newest products and try them. Actually, in a real world situation,
you’re never gonna know if something’s better or worse than the current established
systems that are being used. And that’s one of the reasons why I strive to grow all
kinds of different varieties of plants you’ve probably never heard of before to try to,
you know, see if they’re gonna work, and see maybe why people aren’t growing them.
And, in my opinion, a lot of the reasons why people aren’t growing a lot of the different
crops is because basically they’re highly perishable, and number two, they’re not
transportable or shippable very easily. Which means, in the end, they’re not financially
viable. Well, this system is totally on the other end. This EarthMister system which I
actually I got the package here and I’m gonna open it up in front of you guys, is
very sustainable. Number one, it’s actually less expensive than a drip irrigation system.
You can order on their website – the EarthMister website – for like 40 bucks a kit to basically
put in a four foot by four foot raised bed kit. And that includes not only the tubing
and everything you will need, there is no emitters to buy, but it also includes like
a filter, the glue, and everything. So, it’s definitely affordable to put in a small raised
bit, and the larger system you wanna do, actually the less expensive it gets. After you buy
the filter, which is the major expense, all you have to do is just buy the pipe and install
it. And so the labor, actually the installation labor, may take a little bit because you do
have to dig down into the soil. And what this is, instead of actually dripping on top at
the root zone of each plant, this actually goes six to eight inches underneath the ground
and sprays out high pressure water to basically saturate the whole raised bit so that the
entire root zone of the raised bit gets the water. Now, this serves a few purposes. Number
one, it will save water, because now instead of dripping it on top and getting evaporation,
it’s putting the water underneath the ground so that there will be very minimal evaporation.
It’s getting the water to the root zone where the plants need it. Another feature
that I really like about this system is that it actually aerates the soil. At the beginning
of each cycle, it pumps extra oxygen into the soil which is really good for the beneficial
microbes to increase them, which then will increase your production of your plants. And
another huge benefit to this system is because you’re not overhead watering or even dripping
on the surface of the bed, basically you’re gonna minimize your weed problems. Think about
it. Weed seeds land through birds, through wind, through whatever, and they only germinate
‘cos it’s wet. Now, if the weed seeds are sitting on top and the water line in where
the root zone in where it’s wet is below the top, your weeds aren’t gonna germinate!
So, that’s a lot less labor for like weeding or if you do, and hopefully you don’t, use
herbicides whether conventional, which I really don’t recommend, or even organic ones, you
won’t have to do that anymore ‘cos weeds won’t be happening in an EarthMister garden.
Any case, I’ve done enough talking. Let’s do some chalking. And, let’s go ahead and
bring over the EarthMister package that got shipped to me and open it up and show you
guys what I got. Alright, so here’s the kit they sent me
– just a big something rolled up in some cardboard with some plastic over it. We’re
gonna go ahead and take my handy dandy cutter here and cut through the plastic and the cardboard.
Oh, now and before I go on, I do need to mention that while I am not sponsored by the EarthMister
company, this was a gift to me to actually try out in my garden. They were really impressed
with the initial two videos I made about the EarthMister and they decided to give me one
because they have faith in their product that it’s gonna work in my garden, and I’m
gonna, you know, share with all my YouTube subscribers. Probably one of the most watched
YouTube gardening shows on the internet. So, let’s go ahead and see what we got here.
So, this is the heart of the EarthMister system right here instead of having multiple lines
run down your raised bed like the drip irrigation on the top here. What’s gonna happen is
you’re just gonna run this one line underneath the ground down the middle of the raised bed.
And what there is, there’s these little holes on both sides that are gonna spray out
high pressure water underneath the ground to saturate the soil. We’re gonna install
this down the middle of the raised bed all the way down, and then we’re gonna put a
flow control valve so that we can actually adjust the pressure. If this comes out at
really high pressure, it will actually spray and then actually go through the soil and
probably hit the wood of the bed, which would end up rotting the wood which we don’t want.
So, we’re gonna have to adjust the pressure to find out where the sweet spot is where
we need to just so that it, you know, irrigates the entire bed but not get the sides of the
bed too wet. The other thing to note is the orientation of this piping. You can see it
right there. You wanna put this, the large piece, up. And the small tube down, because
once again this is a gravity fed system and this is primarily a works off water pressure.
Now you do need to have a minimum water pressure requirement in order to run this system, or
it’s not gonna work. So, if you have a well and you don’t have like a booster pump,
this ain’t gonna work. You need high pressure. If you run a residential system, then this
is probably gonna work for you. Now, we’re gonna talk about the installation
of the EarthMister. So, you just saw the tubing here. Now these tubings, I don’t know, what
are they like maybe about four feet long. This is not long enough to fit my whole raised
bed. My raised bed is about four foot by about fifteen feet long. So, what we’re gonna
do, we’re gonna take one of these and just run it down the middle and connect these together.
So, to connect these together what you’re gonna have to do is you’re gonna have to
get some connectors. And they have a few additional parts. And these are the additional parts
you’ll get. This is an additional connector here. It kinda just will link two of these
guys together, like so. And you’ll need to use the PVC primer and glue to glue these
guys together to make sure there’s no leaks. And that basically will join these guys together.
And, in addition to joining them together, on one end we’re gonna have a cap. And this
is the cap that goes on the other end. Once again we’re gonna need to use the PVC glue
to glue that on. And if we flip this all the way over now, and besides the connectors and
the end cap, we have another end cap. And this is the end cap we’re gonna use to feed
the water into the EarthMister. So, this has an adaptor on one end so that you can use
a three quarter inch tubing, I believe, on the idear inside davener. The outside davener
is meant to use one inch over the top or three quarter into the middle. So, I’m using three
quarter which is pre-existing in my garden. And what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna
adapt into my existing garden into the three quarter inch tubing and just shove it right
in the middle there to feed the EarthMister system. You can see I have the drip irrigation
set up behind me. I have two uprights where the three quarter inch comes out of the ground.
We’re basically gonna take out the drip, cut that off underneath the ground and then
basically trench out the raised bed to put one line of the EarthMister down the middle.
So, once again with the EarthMister you need just one tube down the middle which then will
spray out every twelve inches to saturate the sub surface of the soil, so that the whole
bed will get coverage of the water. So, you don’t have to have individual drippers.
And once again, just because it’s underneath the ground, you’re not gonna get extra weed
growth and you’re gonna get the water to where it needs it. And you’re actually gonna
minimize your evaporation. Yes, the EarthMister system you gotta connect a few things. But,
it’s very simple and very easy to install. And, to even make that simpler if you’re
not ever done any kind of irrigation work before, oops, they have a very simple instruction
guide that you can actually print off on their website or will come with your EarthMister
kit. It’s directions for home garden installation. And it’s literally a step by step kit with
pictures. So, pretty much, I mean, this is like a no brainer. This is a very simple and
easy install. It will just lead you through laying out and unpacking the EarthMister and
applying primer and applying the glue. And actually, the thing I like about the EarthMister
is that they include the glue and the primer with the kit. You don’t have to go out to
a hardware store, you know, to buy that stuff separately. It’s included if you buy the
kit. Now, if you buy the pieces separately, you know, you’re gonna have to go out and
buy your own glue and primer and other PVC pipes to adapt it, you know, to your specific
needs. They sell the kits for like a standard four foot by four foot garden and probably
also other sizes as well. So, while this EarthMister pipe is meant to
spray out on both sides, they can custom design pipes depending on what your needs. So, if
you’re putting it against your house, you don’t want it to spray out both sides, they
could just have pipes, you know, EarthMisters that spray out on one side. They could also
do custom design work, which I hope they’re gonna do pretty soon to basically be able
to put this into a raised bed and have the EarthMister run around the whole raised bed
on the edge and then pump the water inside into the middle of the raised bed. So, any
case, I got a lot of trenching and digging to do, so I’m gonna get to that before it
gets too dark here. So, the first step is that I’ve taken the
tape measure and I’ve kinda measured the bed, and gotten pretty much my halfway point,
and I’ve actually marked the raised bed where the middle point is on both ends. And
then, I’m gonna basically probably draw a string or run a string all the way down.
I’m gonna trench down the middle. So, it is recommended that you sink the EarthMister
system about six to eight inches down underneath the sub soil. So, I’m gonna measure down
from the base of my raised bed down to about six inches, and then basically dig a trench
all the way down the middle. But, the first step is to remove my antiquated drip irrigation
system. So, based on the way that I put this in, it’s very simple. We’re just gonna
go ahead and pull these guys out right here. There we go, that’s all out and we can literally
pull this out as one whole mass. Now, if you don’t wanna just be throwing this stuff
away, you could pull out all the drippers and all the little plugs and all the corner
pieces and re-use all this stuff. Now, I’m probably gonna keep this intact just in case
the EarthMister system doesn’t work and we need to put it back in. So, you can see
that now I’ve pulled the string all the way down the middle of the bed so that I know
where I need to dig, and we’re just gonna dig a small trench all the way down the middle
of the bed. Probably about down, you know, six inches or so.
I’m just about done digging the trench all the way down the middle of my bed. Now, the
trench only needs to be about like six inches down. So, you’re gonna dig the trench six
inches deep, I guess counting the soil line, six inches down. Now, you wanna only go six
to eight inches deep. You’re gonna then set the EarthMister irrigation right at the
bottom of the trench you made. I’m gonna make my trench six inches deep because I don’t
want the EarthMister going too deep. Although in other applications, maybe grass, where
you want the roots to go down deeper, you could definitely do that. But, you also may
end up using more water to basically get the water to caplay up through the bed. The next
step is that because I’m not a precision digger, I got a little set up here that I’ll
share with you guys so that I can get a fairly accurate on the depth along the whole bed.
So, let me go ahead and do a close up shot on that for you.
First, you can see I have a line marking the middle of the bed that goes all the way down
the center. So, that’s actually exactly where the EarthMister is gonna go. Just pull
the string – very simple, very easy. I did use some bamboo stakes and they are bending,
so I actually used a bucket to hold the string in place so it’d be nice and taut. And we
do need to go down six inches, so because I’m not a precision digger, you could see
there we’re pretty much down to the six inch mark. Now, how did I figure this out?
Well, it’s very simple. What we’re gonna do is show you my little jig here I made.
I basically have a piece of the fence board that I used to line the edges of the bed,
and I cut this exactly at six inches. And up on the top there I put a couple staples
in there to hold it on to the string. And what I’m gonna do here is I’m just gonna
go ahead and roll this down along the bottom. And yeah, I know, it’s gonna hang on the
string a little bit. So, it’s not gonna be totally perfect, but I’m gonna try and
keep, you know, keep it up and not push it up too much and just roll it straight across
so that it’s literally as I’m moving it down, it may be moving some of the dirt out
of the way, as you can see so that I’ll have a nice and even six inch trench all the
way down. Now, you could just eyeball it, it’d probably be fine, but, you know, I
like to try to do things as exact as possible. And I’m sure there’s other ways to level
off your bed. This is the easiest way that I could come up with in a short amount of
time with the resources that I had. Now that I have the trench dug down to six
inches all the way down, what we need to do is set up the EarthMister irrigation pipe
or tubing. And you can see it’s right here. So what I’ve done is dry fit this all together.
And once again, this is a two chamber system. So, the main chamber is actually acts as the
feed chamber. You know, you can’t just take some PVC, bury it and put a couple small holes
in it. It’s not gonna work like this, you know, designed and engineered system. So this
top chamber basically is the reservoir to feed the bottom chamber. That will allow the
bottom chamber to push out at high pressure the water. So, we have three links here. We
got the connectors all dry fit. This is about the size we’re gonna need for the bed. Basically,
we’re gonna install this into the bed and put it in the bottom of the trench. Once again,
it’s six inches. So, the EarthMister’s gonna, you know, be down about that far underneath
the soil level. I’m gonna show you guys how to glue some of these joints with just
some PVC glue. It’s pretty basic, but if you’ve never done it before it’s gonna
be good to see how it’s done. I basically am gonna use some primer and then the glue
to join them together. And then just kinda like let them sit and hang out for a little
bit to dry. After that, we’re then gonna cut off the main water pipe right here and
then run that into the EarthMister system by basically going off that, going through
a flow control, because that’s gonna be very important to adjust the amount of flow
going into the EarthMister so that it doesn’t actually flow out too much and actually hit
the sides of our raised beds, and in which case the wood may rot out. So, we’re gonna
put an adjuster on it so that we can adjust the flow so that it goes just as much as we
need it to. The other thing is if the bed is laying fallow or during the winter, we
wanna control each particular bed, we’ll be able to turn off the water on each particular
bed as needed. Next, let’s go ahead and show you guys how to glue up some PVC joints.
Now, we’re gonna glue this end. And once again, this is the dry fit so I have the end
cap on in place where it will be. So, we’re just gonna go ahead and take it off. And to
glue the PVC, you need a special PVC primer. This happens to be a clear PVC primer, also
comes in usually like a purple color. In addition, you will also need the PVC cement. So, this
is also the clear PVC cement. It also usually comes in different colors. I think last time
we used a gray colour. Nonetheless, normally I don’t use primer. It is probably recommended
that you use primer for most just regular joints, but I would encourage you to use it
on the special EarthMister joints because this is not a standard round joint. Some of
these fittings don’t exactly fit totally flush, so the primer will help the glue to
work more effectively so you won’t have any leaks. The other thing that’s very important
when using the EarthMister is you want to get all of the dirt off. So, we’ve got a
standard towel here where we’re just gonna try and get all the dirt and stuff off, because
dirt is the enemy to this system. You get a small bit of dirt inside your system, that
could clog the pores up and and that’s not too good. So, we’re also gonna end up flushing
the system before we put the final end cap, on very important. So, once again we’re
gonna take the clear primer, unscrew that and we’re gonna go ahead and put primer
on the inside of all the different joints we’re gonna glue. Once we’ve got the primer
on there, then we’re gonna go ahead and take some of that PVC glue. Now, you wanna
be generous with the PVC glue. It’s there to be used, not to be saved. You wanna make
sure that you get glue all over all the different parts, even in this little crevice here. It’s
very critical. I’m gonna go ahead and put this underneath so when I set this down, it’s
not gonna actually hit the wood. Also, we need to go ahead and also glue literally the
other part we’re gonna join. And, I’m gonna get some more PVC glue to put inside
here as well. Once you’ve got the joints glued well, then you’re gonna push them
together and push it all the way until it’s nice and seated. And then you’re gonna hold
it, you know, for about, I don’t know, ten, fifteen seconds to let the glue set. Some
people, if they’re a professional plumber, may say this is a sloppy job because I have
a lot of glue coming out the seams, well, you know, I’d rather have some glue coming
out of the seams than it actually leaking later on. So, now that it’s been set, I
can let it go and just let it go ahead and finish drying. I’m gonna next do the other
joints where the connectors are. I won’t bore you – it’s pretty much the same process.
You just wanna make sure you primer it and get a lot of glue so that the fittings will
hold snug without leaking. Here’s our glued pipe. There’s the one
end you saw me glue. And going down, you can see I glued in this coupler there. And going
further down, there’s the other coupler. And then finally, on this end actually we
didn’t glue the end on because we’re gonna leave it open so that we can flush all the
dirt out of the system. After we get it installed so that’s the last end that’s gonna go
on. After we flush out the system and then dry the end to make sure there’s no dirt
inside the system ‘cos that could seriously affect the performance of your EartMister
system. Now that we have the EarthMister system all
glued together, the next step is to cut into the main water pipe that feeds this raised
bed. And here it is right here. It comes up from the ground, three quarter inch, into
a coupler which then goes into one half inch, then into our valve, and then into the drip
irrigation we used to have. So, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna cut it down here,
but I’m not gonna cut it right at the coupler because in the end you could never use this
whole piece. Again, we’re gonna actually go a little bit below the coupler so that
if we need to we could always glue another coupler onto this to put this back into the
raised bed, should the EarthMister system not work or should we need to use this part
for another project. Alright, so there we go. Got that cut off. Now, there is some water
leaking from this, so I always encourage you to dig down below the level you’re gonna
cut so that the water doesn’t get the area you’re working on muddy. The other thing
we did was I wiped down this pipe really good to get rid of all the dirt ‘cos when we
do glue on to that new joint, we don’t want to have any dirt on there. Now, I’m drying
the PVC pipe to make sure we’re gonna get a good joint here. Then, we’re gonna go
ahead and put a little bit of primer on our pipe in the ground, followed by the glue.
And how this PVC glue works is it literally melts the PVC so that it really makes a really
good joint. Next, we’re gonna go ahead and glue up this joint here. You wanna make sure
you get a nice coating of the PVC glue in both joints. And I did pre-primer this already.
And we’re just gonna go ahead and just slide this on there. And I like to actually twist
it on until it goes to the end stop. So, now what we get to do is now that this is in place,
we’re gonna go ahead and have this tube come up. We’re then gonna go into the valve,
which I have right here. We’re gonna cut this out, put the valve in place, and then
we’re gonna go up, come over and then come down into the EarthMister that’s gonna be,
once again, six inches underneath the soil level. So, I’ve just been cutting some different
PVC pipes and making some connectors to basically glue on from the coupler to a pipe to the
ball valve, so once again we can control the flow rates. After this, we’re gonna go down
and then we’re gonna tee in to the EarthMister system. So, I have a standard PVC tee that
will then adapt to the special adaptors that allow you to put the EarthMister system. Now,
once again the one thing you have to remember is that the big side is up, the small side
is down, otherwise the EarthMister system can be installed upside down, sideways and
it’s not gonna work as designed. It needs to be designed in this orientation where the
reservoir is on top and it’s spraying the water from the bottom. So, the next step is
I gotta a couple more cuts and we’re gonna go ahead and glue this in place. It’s gonna
be like that, and our EarthMister system will be finished and installed today.
Along the way, I really like to dry fit or just kind of lay out everything as it’s
gonna go ‘cos you could make your cuts and make it how you think it’s gonna be and
then you notice you kinda messed up. So, I like to just double check everything I’m
doing. And as you can see, the main EarthMister pipe is in the ground about the position it’s
gonna be, all the way down – a continuous line. And there it goes all the way to the
other end of the raised bed. Once again, this is about a fifteen foot run. And now you can
see here, where basically our standard PVC line is run. And then we’re gonna have to
adapt in to the EarthMister. Now, I did plan it this way so that when I did put this in,
this whole set up here, which is a teed off set up, which you can do, you know, in the
middle of an EarthMister run. But the thing to remember is that this section should not
be where a dripper is, because if a dripper is every twelve inches, like for example a
dripper is right here, right after the tee is gonna be, then there’s one over here
the next twelve inches over, and then going the other way there’s twelve inches. So,
if we had a dripper, you know, right here and we cut it in that means a significant
portion of your bed will not be getting water and it’s not gonna work properly. So, to
make things easier, if you don’t have pre-existing water pipes coming up in your bed, I would
highly encourage you to always, you know, install the water system at the end of the
bed so that you just have one continuous run and that’s where the water comes in and
then it’s basically just plugged off at the other end. Yet another reason for the
layout like this is now I can definitely see where I need to cut. So, you know, this EarthMister
is gonna come into this fitting, probably about ‘til there, so I’m gonna probably
cut it right around here. And then on the other side, you know, I’m gonna mark it
and cut it right around here so that I can shove part of it in there and it’s gonna
be the exact size I need. For those of you that are wondering the way
you cut the EarthMister, you could use a hacksaw, something like that. I like to use a standard
PVC cutter. This cuts up to one and five eights inch PVC. Now, I’d recommend definitely
a larger size PVC cutter than this to easily cut the EarthMister. But this one will work.
What I like to do is I like to come in and find the point where I’m gonna cut at, which
is right here and then we’re gonna set the EarthMister up this orientation. And then
we’re just basically gonna cut, and you’re gonna do one step at a time. And it’s definitely
a slow process. Alright, there you go. It really is really super easy and super simple
to cut. You can see I’ve got the whole system installed.
Everything’s glued from what you see that’s installed currently, except the last end.
We’re gonna keep that unglued so actually we can blast out any water and clean out any
debris if I did get any in there. Now let’s see, I already, let’s see, got these guys
glued up here, I think, pretty good. We got those joints glued up and we got the elbow
here. We’re gonna go ahead and put this guy in there. So, I’m gonna go ahead and
get this guy in there first and spin it all the way around, and get it lined up and then
come back in and this is the last glue joint. Check it out. Right in there. And our system’s
installed. Let’s see, about six inches down from the bottom right along our string line.
Looks perfect to me. I’m gonna go ahead and let this dry overnight. Tomorrow, I’ll
be back to bleed out the line and then glue that last joint, and we’ll see how this
system does. So, it’s a new day and all the glue has
dried from yesterday’s project of getting this installed. As you can see, the EarthMister’s
installed right down the middle of the bed oriented in the correct direction. And basically,
we have it all glued in and I’ll go ahead and give you a close up on that. And then
we’re gonna show you the end that I actually didn’t glue because now we’re gonna do
basically the flush through. This is a very important step when using the EarthMister
– make sure you have no major dirt in the lines that can later clog up your holes. So,
here’s the finished product. As you saw, we cut off the bottom – the pipe coming
in. We then did a coupler up to our three quarter inch valve which can control the amount
of pressure the EarthMister gets. Then it goes up, and then over, down to the center
of the bed and right into a tee. Then we tee off into the two sides up the EarthMister.
This way goes, I don’t know, maybe four feet’s worth. And then the other side goes
all the way the other side of the bed – I don’t know, another ten feet or so. So,
next we’re gonna go down the side of the bed where I have the pipe end off and we’re
gonna flush the system. All during installation we had the end cap
kinda set on there, but not glued on. We’re gonna go ahead and take this off and now we’re
gonna turn the pressure on to the water system, and we’ll see all the water come out of
here. And we just need to do that for, I don’t know, ten seconds or so just to make sure
there’s no dirt in the system before we glue on this last end cap. Now, we’ve got
the water turned on. I’m gonna go ahead and put the water through there. Alright,
so there you see we’re clearing out the system. Got some air bubbles in there and
definitely have no more dirt in there. So, now we can go ahead and turn this off. I just
got this end cap glued up and now we just gotta let this dry and then we’re gonna
go ahead and pressure test. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.
I got the end glued on like you just saw. And today, we’re gonna do the full on pressure
test. So, I have a hundred percent pressure going to this valve here. I’m gonna open
it up and we’re gonna see this system energize or fill with water and start to spray out.
In addition, I’m gonna check for leaks, number one. But number two, more importantly,
this is what like many people have asked for we’re gonna actually see the sprays come
out and actually hit the dirt to see how far it tunnels. And actually in this area right
here, I dug down, I don’t know, at least a foot or so into my raised bed, on the edge
of my raised bed, to see if the EarthMister literally cuts a hole in the compost and will
reach the end of the bed. You know, we do have an open trench there, so once I do fill
it in it’s probably not gonna go quite as far, but this will give me an estimation if
this system even works and is plausible at all. It’s kinda like Mythbusters, so let’s
check it out next. Oh, there it is! You see it fill with water.
Holy crap, look at that! This thing is like spraying out so far, it’s like sprayed out
of the front yard and hitting the car. And now this one’s going and let’s see here.
We’re gonna do the above headshot and you can see right there the edge, it’s spraying
there. And I dug a hole there and, you know, it’s not quite popping through to hit the
edge yet. But man, some of those, that’s insane! I mean, this stuff is spraying pretty
hard. But, you know, it’s not yet spraying throuhgh hard enough to hit the edge of my
raised bed. Right now we’re gonna go ahead and turn this off. And, right, ‘cos we’re
really pooling up the water here. The good news is that it doesn’t look like I have
any leaks on my seams. We’re getting a nice jet spray. And let me go ahead and put my
finger there. I mean, that’s pretty hard spray. That’s as hard as some of the hardest
showers I’ve ever taken. I mean, that’s some serious water pressure. I mean, here
it is over here. I mean, you can see that. That’s definitely flowing at least twelve
feet into the air, hitting the car in the street there. Alright, so let’s go ahead
and turn this guy off. You just saw it here – I definitely have no leaks. And you can
see actually it’s still draining out even though it was pressurized with no pressure
right now, the ends are draining out. And while it does pressurize and definitely spray
a lot of water, it couldn’t even cut through approximately, I don’t know, a foot and
a half of my compost. And yeah, you know, this has been in here for about two years
and it’s nice hard. I mean, it’s almost like, not quite like, clay, but it’s pretty
dang hard. And it didn’t have the power to cut through there at this point. So I may
have some other issues, I gotta check to see my overall water pressure if my personal water
pressure is not high enough, then this system is not gonna work properly. I’ll have to
call the EarthMister guys and see if they have any other suggestions on what I could
do to get this working properly, if it’s not already. So, definitely you wanna stay
tuned for any updates. I’m gonna continue screwing around with this system. I’m gonna
probably put this all back and then plant the bed out and we’re just gonna see how
it works in a real world situation. And if it doesn’t really work, if the water doesn’t
capillate and get everywhere it needs to be, then guess what, this is gonna get pulled
out. And I’ll be able to see that pretty easily, because we’re gonna plant this out
in rows actually just in the next few days, and if it’s not working properly obviously
the things at the edges are probably not gonna get watered and they’re not gonna be doing
good and the stuff in the middle will be doing good. So that’s gonna tell us the water’s
just not doesn’t quite have the reach that it should be. So, hopefully you enjoyed this
episode learning more about the EarthMister. Once again, my name is John Kohler with
We’ll see you next time and keep on growing.


  1. marchetta67 Author

    Hey John, I watched many of the the Earthmister's Youtube channel vids. And in this one, "", he stated that if you use the mister in a compost raised bed, you should only trench it 3" deep. He stated that compost soil doesn't wick as well as sandy/clay soil. He says in sandy/clay soil 6" is optimal, but in compost it shouldn't be deeper than 3". Can you clarify this for us. Thanks.

  2. biggeemac Author

    John, i suspect you need to cover it with soil in order for it to cut through. Sine there is nothing surrounding your earth mister, water was collecting in little pools. I dont think water can cut through water very well. During covering the earth mist with soiland try again.

  3. Breezeaire Author

    The system is pretty and if it is yours I am sorry but drip is the best way for me. I can control each plants needs. Not disturbed the microbes and worms. Add mulch to prevent evaporation. Which should be done most of the time where I live. Oh the black poly can curve.

  4. apaulanarius Author

    I would guess you would have to do some top watering to keep top soil moist for germination, but after seedling get established the roots will grab the water and nutrients from below.

  5. safetyforemost Author

    FYI, to see the results of earth mister installation in raised beds see vid
    titled: Follow up to Installing Earthmister in Raised Bed Gardens
    this actual installation shows the results.
    i am looking forward to using the system..
    Thank you John for enlightening us.

  6. Paulo Silva Author

    it creates dead wet zones and dead dry zones, watering isn't uniform at all, keep the old watering system because you will definitely need it

  7. MrChipGardener Author

    Good! Except that it doesn't work with a rain barrel. Do you know of any solutions like a pump on a timer that would allow this to work with a rain barrel?

  8. roberteamoore Author

    @praxxus I understand your trying to be funny. But based on my first hand experience that's not the way it works when the earthmister interacts with the earthworms in my raised beds.

  9. Ron Entropy Author

    I was wondering how this watering system actually worked, ever since I saw you introduce this for the 1st time John in your video at that convention. Thanks for clarifying how it works. I guess, you would have to give it time to carve it's tunnels through the soil.. Like a drop of water that carves great giant caves through long periods time. That's my suggestion. Just give it time & it will get there.. Love your videos, can't wait to see the follow up on this.

  10. Sj Smith Author

    Thanks for your experimenting. Eventually, we want to change irrigation on our front lawn (drought tolerant grass which is also used for composting). I'll be watching your updates. Also, there is a large shade tree. I'm curious if the system gets clogged with roots, and HOW you can tell if it's underground.

  11. Sonnie's Garden Author

    Seems like a nice system but do they have simple instructions/ installation for someone who knows nothing about plumbing or do this have to be installed by a professional?

  12. TEX AUSTIN Author

    If you watched the video on their channel they said if you have compost then you need to raise it up because it drains to fast. I have it in all 7 of my raised beds and my back yard looks like a jungle. None of my plants suffered

  13. roberteamoore Author

    I live in Burbank with four 4x8x1 Mel's mix raised boxes with exact same results. In the last year, I've changed depth configurations, mulching options, and varied amounts of supplemental watering. For me: depth 1/4-1/2 inch depth of earthmister, 1-2 inches mulch. Supplemental watering on all seed sowings same as if earthmister was not installed and 1 time a week watering on shallow root crops, deep root plants like chard do not need any additional water. I'm expecting better results in 2013.

  14. Kelly Mahoney Author

    How will you objectively compare the Earthmister to drip irrigation? Will you meter the amount of water going to the Earthmister bed vs. the drip irrigation bed? Are you growing the same types of vegetables to compare growth rates?

  15. MrSelfsufficiency Author

    Looks interesting. I have a 50 year old well, and the pressure reads from 65 to 80 psi. May need to change my gauge to see if it reflects an accurate reading. Not sure if I would need a booster pump. Regardless, I'm thinking that a drip irrigation would work better for me. Do you usually put that underneath wood chips or above everthing?

  16. ssnickelfritz Author

    @TEX AUSTIN I just got earth mister…i have compost soil…how far down from the top of the soil did you trench for your beds and hw often did you water please? thanks.

  17. DinoandPebbles Store Author

    Please keep us posted. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I am getting ready to put in my garden. I am exploring watering options and this would help with the water bill if it works.

  18. frzzlfry66 Author

    I've yet to see a system that beats a simple soaker hose set-up. Once you have your plants installed where you want them, lay and secure your soaker hose and then mulch the entire area with a thick enough layer to completely bury/hide the soaker hose (leaving the area right around the main stem of the plants unmulched). Always have plants with similar water requirements along the same section of soaker hose. Not only does it work extremely well, but it's also easy to uninstall, if necessary.

  19. frzzlfry66 Author

    No, I wouldn't… because it's an irrelevant, foolish notion to begin with. Prioritize horticultural information as you see fit, but here are the facts. Every heirloom that's around today is technically a GMO. Hybridization and selective breeding occurred over and over to produce the final product, which was then preserved. You have to draw the line somewhere, of course… but unless it's a GMO in the sense that it had a gene from another organism directly 'injected' into it, then it's safe.

  20. frzzlfry66 Author

    You know, if Praxxcherry (I don't care enough to check the spelling, btw) IS a GMO in the sense that it had a halibut gene injected into it for some perceived desirable trait, then of course I would want to know… if I was going to grow it, which I'm not. But wait… who has more credibility? A dipshit internet shithouse lawyer who types in all caps, or an obviously intelligent guy who has made horticulture his life? You tell me. I don't think John would ever grow a 'test tube' GMO.

  21. Crystal Tweeboom Author

    GMO is not the same as Hybridization and cross breeding people!! There's a reason why they're different words, duh. Cross breeding and hybridization also occurs naturally, Genetic modification is only possible in laboratories.

  22. Crystal Tweeboom Author

    No matter what irrigation system you use, you have to put plants with similar water needs together anyway. Otherwise you'd still have a problem(with automatic irrigation anyway, )

  23. Crystal Tweeboom Author

    John, I think(I'm not a plumber or anything) the water didn't reach as far through the soil because the earthmister was uncovered. So instead of pushing through, the water could just bounce back into a puddle. And I'm sure it takes a couple of runs before it has established a good tunnel. right?
    I hope it works fine now, I have high hopes for the earthmister!

  24. frzzlfry66 Author

    Riiight… there's that obligatory, en vogue word "hate" (or "hater"), again. Applied these days for nearly anything, including when some jackass receives a negative response for spouting an (unqualified) opinion in an obnoxious, condescending way. News flash, genius… intolerance or lack of accommodation for such things really isn't the same thing as hatred, lol. You attempt to show me up in some way, and I'm a "bitter" person for responding negatively to it? You're an idiot.

  25. InvincibleRain Author

    I'm guessing it grazes off the roots that grow into the pore so the plant stops growing roots that direction. Worms on the other hand . i wonder if it pushes nutrients to the outside. After a rainfall the pores may be full of minerals then they get pushed outwards. Seems like a good idea though. That principle for the tubing could definitely be used for other applications with probably air or water. Maybe aquariums or aquaponics in some way. Can't wait to see johns results!

  26. Jebus Author

    @growingyourgreens Any update? I am expanding my home garden, and will probably do drip irrigation, but the Earthmister is intriguing. It is a shame there isn't more information from customer side of things about it.

  27. bryncomeaux Author

    so why does that spray harder than a single tube with the same size holes? seems like a ordinary pipe with tiny holes and high psi would do the same thing.

  28. Courtney Long Author

    Ok for some of you looking for the earthmister irrigation system from globaleco soil solutions it is no longer available because the website no longer exist. But you can find it coming soon to intelligentirrigationllc dot c o m its called the AQUAJET now.

  29. xyvyx Author

    Wow, what a long video… I was sorta expecting him to mention 'lectrolytes & tell us what plants crave!
    Looks like a very simple watering system, but I think the slower drip systems would lead to more consistent water distribution. I suppose it prevents root incursion b/c of how strong the water jets are… I like the Rainbird XFS "copper shield" thing better, though… it seems to be engineered much better.

  30. GreatWhiteNiko Author

    That idea is dumb from A to Z. The jets are not going to penetrate but a few inches. The resistance of the soil is much greater than intuition tells you. And if the jets manage to erode enough soil to penetrate further you have to deal with surface erosion (soil falling into the groove formed by the jet). I'm yet to find information how exactly this contraption is better than anything else.

  31. Carlos Benjamin Author

    I'd think you'd need to keep both ends open to purge the system with this setup. Whatever impurities might be in the closed end won't migrate to the open end.

  32. jim siefert Author

    What would happen if you buried the "antiquated drip system?"
    I buried "regular" soaker hoses just below the surface with great results.

  33. Thomas Bowes Author

    Not necessarily. If you use ollas the plants use what they need and the system adjusts itself accordingly. Check out my 2012 how-to video for more information.

  34. Thomas Bowes Author

    I don't know about making this work with a rain barrel, but ollas can do it, no problem. Check out my 2012 video for more information.

  35. Thomas Bowes Author

    This is an interesting system, but it's proprietary parts and need for a pressurized water supply are drawbacks. An olla irrigation system can be made with inexpensive off-the-shelf parts and will work with a rain barrel, pressurized water, or both. My 2012 video describes how to make an olla system for sub-surface watering.

  36. ChrisD4335 Author

    the guy selling them claimed it would mix the nitrogen from the air into the soil and give your plants all the nitrogen they need, this statement make it seem like a scam considering the nitrogen in the air is needs to be fixed into Ammonia before its useful to plants, there are naturally nitrogen fixing plants but adding air to the soil would not help them perform there task

  37. Hoda Gibreel Osman Author

    Well done installation John. Very impressive, I follow almost all of your videos and get as much ideas therein. From composting, planting, and now the earthmister.

  38. Serigala Kampung Author

    Hi Mister Earthmister, you are a great great talker and 're-enventor' of an irrigation system which was installed in Germany and in Tunesia in 1976 already, invented by Prof.Dr. Wolfgang Staender, Polytechnisches Institut Karlsruhe.
    So better take simple bucket and pour water on your pepper plants or whatsoever!

  39. Stizzthebigneptizz Author

    Normally like a lot of your videos but this one sucked. The shadows on your face the entire time and your constant plugging of yourself were too much to watch. Sorry

  40. TEX AUSTIN Author

    dude I can't believe I wasted my time. I went and looked up the system and it is not the same. You are a moron who has no clue. Water with a bucket what are you in some remote village or something?

  41. Tc Author

    Wow so much hate, I loved this video. I wonder how the system worked out for you? I am currently trying to watch all your videos on irrigation as I am researching these systems. Thanks man, keep up the great work. Respect

  42. Robin C Author

    Wow, I think that comment was pretty mean. I feel that whatever John shares with us is pretty selfless. He is so passionate about what he does but to share it with the world and make these videos is a true act of kindness.

  43. Andy Fetisov Author

    I could see the plant's roots finding it's way into the tiny holes and rendering them useless, like Badlil baby says you'd get a same effect if not better with the dripper.

  44. Rafael Dias Author

    hey John…you must to talk about if your system damage the roots or not. I really like the video. You are awesome on the way you speak, but don't forget the essential about the really differences of systems. It looks a bit that you are doing advertising and not advicing ahah keep on the good working!

  45. Dave Author

    I've got 4, 4×12 raised beds. Your info. is sporadic sometimes.However, I gotta say your very informative.  So the Aqua jet is what? Is this a comparison of the 2 systems. Did I miss something?

  46. Dave Dube Author

    Love your depth jig ~ creative!  Much algae buildup in the new system?  Even though it's buried, I'm just wonder…  With such a hard jet stream, what about damaging small/delicate roots?

  47. Cindy KeptPrivate Author

    This is great!  However you mentioned needing a high pressure water source.  I will be using an allotment of land at a nearby community garden this year for my first garden.  Can you recommend a water-saving submerged system that will work form a rain barrel?  Thanks so much for all you do.  Can't wait to be eating more healthy.

  48. Sonny Moon Author

    Awesome ! Thanks ! The only comment I might make for viewers is that on PVC, as long as it's smaller than 3 inch pipe or larger, which should have 30 minutes, that glue dries in about 2 minutes. To test this, take a pair of pliers after that time (on a test piece of course) and try to take it apart ! Ain't happen'n. As a matter of fact, if you just coat one side of the joint, not the inside of the fitting, but the outside of the pipe, which leaves less glue in the water's way, it dries even quicker. I've done a few hundred of these and cannot remember ever having a leak and I never use primer either… just a little tip. If it is old pipe though, or oily or something, use some fine sandpaper to clean it up first where the glue must make its bond. Thanks so much for all your videos. I always refer to them when I speak to others about gardening. Plus I just saved $50 buying one of your $100 juicers last Thursday too ! I've learned so much on your videos.

  49. Israel ramirez Author

    plants get 70% of there nutrients in the top 3 inches. plants only get nutrients by absorbing it when u water. this product sprays 6-8 inches below so your plants wont be getting enough food.

  50. swcomer Author

    John I realize that this post is five later after you made this video, but would appreciate your opinion. What is your opinion on using Earthmister Subsoil irrigation system to grow rice in a small backyard garden. As water is key to growing rice, would this be a money saving way to flood the rice field?. Also, in regards to draining rice field to harvest, do you think it would be sufficient to just turn off the Earthmister system?


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