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Using Drip Irrigation to Save Water in Your Garden

Hi, I’m Tricia a California organic gardener and water is key to a thriving garden! Making sure that you get the right
amount of water at the right time to your plants is crucial but setting up an irrigation system is not that difficult. Today I’m going to show you a few drip
irrigation options that you can choose the best one for your garden. The first step in setting up any drip
irrigation system is connecting to your water source. And I’m going to do that using this Y
shut-off. This allows me to connect my irrigation
line on one end and still give me the option using my garden hose on the
other side I’m also going to install this timer Timers are an inexpensive way to
conserve water This timer will be programmed to water
early in the morning to avoid evaporation and to water for longer periods every
other day to promote deep root growth. The next few pieces I’m going to install
are essential to a good drip irrigation system. This first one is a vacuum breaker that prevents back flow which is created by negative line pressure and most city codes require a vacuum breaker to ensure that you wont contaminate your water source. The next component I’m going to install is this flushable filter and in this case it requires a brass
adapter to install it properly This is going to keep any sediment from getting in my water supply and clogging
my emitters and finally the pressure regulator This is going to help prevent my irrigation lines from bursting and control the pressure. A starter fitting that’s going to connect to my poly tubing Poly tubing is a great way to get water where you want it to go It’s a tight squeeze but that’s what you
want you don’t want any leakage i’m just gonna lock it down make sure it’s
totally tight and leak free See that wasn’t complicated was it? Let’s
take a look at a couple of different types of irrigation options that you can branch off of your poly tubing
T-tape is an excellent way to water your vegetables or your raised beds It’s simple to connect your T-tape to this poly tubing all you need is this fitting and a hole punch. T-tape has water emitting slits every eight inches The slits close when the water is off
virtually eliminating the chance of clogging For complete water coverage you should
space your lines of T-tape about every nine inches If you have any area where you don’t
want to water in straight lines the soaker hose is great it lets you meander your watering
throughout your garden landscape. Soaker hoses seep water their entire length and they can be buried where the roots are watered directly No evaporation or wasted water Emitterline emits water every
twelve inches and it allows for curving or elevation changes
in your landscape This is great for everything from blueberry hedges to meandering around trees under the canopy of the branches right where the roots are One of our employees uses it in a
straight line like T-tape where twelve inch spacing is desired instead of
eight-inch In this area of the garden I’ve connected risers to the poly tubing and on top of the risers I’ve installed micro-sprinklers these micro spray emitters are great for watering shrubs or leafy
greens in your vegetable garden that enjoy overhead watering. Well thanks for joining me today I hope that all my drip tips have helped you Be sure and check out our blog where you’ll find detailed diagrams about all these different irrigation setups. Conserve water, help your plants thrive with good regular deep watering, and Grow Organic for Life!


  1. crazy squirrel Author

    drip irrigation still wastes about 50% of the water used.

    Get some Ollas and use rain water collected from your roof.
    You can use up to 90% less water that way and do a better job.


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