irrigation systems

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December 1st, 2003, 7:47 pm #1

anyone know of a "do-it-yourself" type irrigation system that can be installed.... perhaps a pvc - based piping system.
or what other options are available??
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December 1st, 2003, 8:33 pm #2

Now this is a simpler one to answer;
There are loads on the market sometimes known as leaking hoses, soaker hoses etc.
You can start by looking at the following;
www.hozelock.com/cgi-bin/...361&site=W
Once you have grasped this idea get back to us and we will take it from there, as obviously layout is determined by need!
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December 2nd, 2003, 1:53 pm #3

It seems to me I did see one made from pvc pipe - they drilled small holes in the plastic pipe - connected it the same as you would plumbing .
It was on one of the garden shows I watch - showing how to recycle things for use in the garden.
I have seen the soaker hoses - they are more flexible so easier to mold around the base of the plants and follow the lay of your garden .The pvc isn't .
I plan to make use of the flexible hoses myself. I can see where the PVC would work better though in use in a vegetable garden where the plants are in rows.It seemed to me the holes were spaced 4 inches to 6 inches apart depending on the use and need .Small holes - Theresa
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December 2nd, 2003, 2:59 pm #4

Are you ready for this one Theresa?
What we exhibitors get up to in the search for perfection
Heres what a friend of mine has done;
Picture this;
Oblong garden. [ ]
Down the centre a rigid pipe/tube (copper, PVC doesn't matter) is submerged sufficiently deep so that it can not be damaged when digging. This pipe/tube is then connected to the water supply.
Depending upon the size of the garden you could run a line down either side of the plot, the choice is yours.
At intervals along the pipe/tube drain off valves are fitted to suit the location of the beds.
Leaking hoses are then fixed to the drain off valves and buried in the flower/veg bed.
By using this layout you can either water ALL the beds or just one if you like, by opening the number of valves to suit the situation.
You can take this arrangement a bit further by incorporating 'hose feeders' at each drain off.
This means rather than feed all the beds at once, you can feed only the ones that need feeding.
Plus! if one bed needs Nitrogen and anther needs Potash you just fill the respective feeders with the necessary mix.
Simple isn't it
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December 2nd, 2003, 4:23 pm #5

Honestly ,Scotia , yes it is and a marvelous plan !
I can actually hear the gears in my brain turning ...
Hubby is going to love you -He just loves plumbing so much -Not .
I think I may handle this one myself. I've seen his work ...
I wonder where I might find the feeders - haven't seen anything resembling those at Lowe's or Home Depot -
Theresa
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December 2nd, 2003, 4:37 pm #6

Most garden centres carry them here is another site address to go with 'hoselock';
www.carryongardening.org.uk/page02_7.asp
The ones here are hand held, but I dare say there are commercial ones about.
Just put hose end feeders in your search engine and see what you come up with.
ps. all they are is a simple syphoning system, so anything that can create a vacuum should do, e.g a tee piece fitted to the supply hose/pipe with another length of tube into the reservoir should do.
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December 2nd, 2003, 11:41 pm #7

Try these 2 web sites.
www.garden-irrigation.co.uk

www.watermate.co.uk

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December 7th, 2003, 5:28 pm #8

Goota hide this from my brother. He doesn't have a garden only a flat in London so he's out here with me most weekends He is also a techno and wants me to install a timed irrigation system...like I have a prize garden..NO. Bless him though he does help out I don't think he's bothered about how green the garden may get but that there is a piece of technology he's instigated working

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