Well, I finally got around to installing the irrigation system into the fruit & veggie patch.
The rigid hose and some of the fittings had been given to me by my son-in-law, as he uses a bigger diameter on the farm. The hose had been used previously and I had to spend a bit of time stopping the old holes and washing out any accumulated dirt and spiders etc.
I’d learned from my previous installation, in the decorative garden beds, to be a bit choosy in selecting the actual type of water outlet to use. Sure setting up spray nozzles means you can water a whole group of plants in one go but unfortunately this also encourages the weed growth! A future project entails going around the initial installation and replacing the sprayers with drippers instead – in some areas anyway.
However, for the raised vegetable beds the sprayers are ideal. Most of the weeds have been removed and any subsequent invaders should be easily disposed of. Depending on the type of nozzle you choose, you can decide the flow rate and the direction of the spray.
The nozzles are fitted to some small diameter rigid risers which are pushed into the hose wherever you think is the best place. These risers come in various lengths and are usually most suitable for raised beds. I actually ran out of risers but, rather than popping down to the local farm supply shop, just used pieces of a flexible tube, we call it spaghetti, and, once the nozzle had been fitted, attached them to some wooden sticks. It worked a treat. These sprayers now attend to my all my herb and fruit and vegetable beds.
The spaghetti line is more commonly used for water drippers and I’ve used them on the citrus, coffee and bay trees and the dragon fruit too.
I can easily add on some more hose, etc., to this new watering system should I add some more beds, fruit hedges or trees in the future. Meanwhile I can now enjoy hassle free watering whilst sipping my morning coffee!
Here’s an old joke for you: “How come you’re only watering half your lawn?” a perplexed passerby asked me.
I replied, “I just heard there was a fifty percent chance of rain.”