DIY Drip Irrigation System | Volunteer Gardener

DIY Drip Irrigation System | Volunteer Gardener


– Well, square foot
gardens are wonderful things to have just like
any type of raised bed. They can be so easy. Watering is something we’re
always trying to figure out and Bren you’ve got
this fantastic system that well, I’m not quite
sure how it’s put together, so please explain to me. – [Bren] My friend Shirley
here during the summers would be out here watering
and it took forever. It’s hot, so I kind of
wanted to shorten that time that it takes to
actually do a water. The second thing
once I built it, I did a little research
after I built it and I found out there’s
some other benefits like measuring the water,
actually how much water are you putting on your beds. The general rule of
thumb is an inch to an inch and a half of rain a week. Well, we don’t always get that. But if you do the math, 1 inch
deep on a 4 by 8 square foot raised bed is 20 gallons,
five, 10, 15, 20. – Aha. – So this is an inch
of water for the bed. It we already got a
half an inch this week, then we just fill
them up halfway. If we didn’t get any rain, we can give them
an inch of water. So that’s the other
thing, we can measure it. Also it’s a little
bit more efficient because there’s very
little evaporation now. There’s just little
individual holes in those feeder lines there
and they almost inject the water right into
the soil so there’s very little on the surface. So most all of the water’s
going into the plants. – [Julie] So you’re
really doing a form of drip water gardening. – [Bren] Yeah, that’s
really what this is, it’s really drip. – We’ve got the plastic
buckets that we all have. – We’ve got them raised up. We need, you know,
we need gravity, so I’ve got roughly 18 to
2 inches to 2 feet here. To the top of the water
is closer to three which is really what
you need, but this water pressure, these buckets are
all tied together underneath. The hoses come up
underneath the bottom. I’ve got a screen down
to keep, you know, any particles from getting
into the water system and plugging up all those holes. We fill them up the night before and actually all we have
to do is fill up one and because they’re all
connected, they all fill up. We come and we turn
this little hose here and water comes out. – [Julie] Well,
that is fantastic. Is water coming out
of each of these at the same time? – [Bren] Yep, they’re
all tied together. They’re essentially one
big thing and by the way, that’s an important,
water pressure is really kind of important for
this to work because you want the water to
come out all the way down to the end and you lose a
little pressure along the way so you need to have
all of this water, raise it up and it’ll
do the whole thing that we realized well,
we got these other beds, so what can we do about that. So what we did was is
this we put a hose on it and there’s a connector
right down here and I can unscrew that
connector on this one and screw it into that
one, or this one or that one over there and we
can water any of these beds without having to move
this big old thing around. – From this particular location. Well, this is
absolutely brilliant. I really, really like this. I guess a couple
of tips for people. You can’t just put
any flimsy table for all this water to sit on. Water’s pretty heavy. – Eight pounds a gallon. – All right. – 20 gallons, that’s 160 pounds. – Okay, so you need
a good sturdy base. – Yeah, the other thing
you need to worry about and we learned this
from bitter experiences that once these
buckets are empty, wind can blow them over. So we’ve got rocks
in them right now, but eventually I’ll tie
them down some kind of way, but that’s another project. – Well, that makes
a lot of sense and I guess the final
thing is make sure if you fill it up,
you need to go ahead and use that water within
48 hours so you’re not just bringing in mosquitoes. – That’s a good point,
that’s a good point. We don’t need the water if we
got an inch of rain naturally. It we got a half
an inch of rain, we could fill the
buckets up halfway. But when we’ve got, once
we’ve done the watering, we let these things
drain out completely and that way we don’t have
problems with mosquitoes. The mosquito larvae’s
not gonna echo through a life cycle in one night
and that’s generally how long we have
water in these things and then we’re done. – Wow, this is
fantastic, I love it. It looks to me that
it could even be incredibly useful for my
garden that’s far away from my rain barrel,
certainly save me a few steps there to just turn it
on and let it go, so, thank you so much for
showing this to us and I know Shirley is
very happy these days. – Well, you’re
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