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May 6, 2018 3:30 PM CST
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I've been looking at drip irrigation systems for a while because it takes over an hour to deep-water my very small garden patch. Once a drip system is in place, you just make sure the water turns itself on or gets turned on once in a while and you're pretty much set to go!

BUT, drip systems can get pretty expensive pretty quickly, especially if your plot is large.

Here's how to make one that is VERY effective, yet pretty inexpensive.

Materials:
~Hose, purchased at a box store or a dollar store.
~Connectors or adaptors also purchased at a box store or a dollar store. Even Home Depot has them for pretty low prices! How many? As needed (you might not need any at all.)
~Handheld grommet puncher or olive pitter, other type of punch kit, ice pick or a hammer and a large-ish diameter nail OR, just a plain-ol' drill.
~A few landscape staples (stakes). The cheaper the better. Again, dollar store! I got a pack of 10 there for $1!

Process:
1. Measure out how much hose is needed. Take into consideration that you might want to create a circle around one or more of your plants. Cut the hose about 5 or 6 inches longer than your measurement.

2. Use your punch tool or drill to punch two holes at a time into the hose. i.e., poke the hole through the hose on one side and allow it to go through the other as well. Do this every 4 to 7 inches according to your need. Don't worry about whether the holes are on the "top" or "side." You'll notice that when you remove the tool, the hole seems to close up. That's fine!

NOTE: If you're using a grommet punch, this might not happen. That's fine too, just know that the diameter of your hole will determine how much and how quickly water runs out. Larger holes=more water and less pressure. I'm a fan of smaller holes. I hammered in a philips-head screwdriver that is about 1/4 inch in diameter and the holes closed up very nicely when I removed the screwdriver. The resulting holes allow water to drip through very nicely while maintaining pressure throughout the entire hose.

3. Lay your hose on the soil exactly where you want it. Use your landscape staples to hold it in place.

4. Fold the end to crimp it and place one of the staples over the crimped part to hold it in place.

5. Turn the water on and jump up and down when you see how well it works! Hurray!

6. Run into the house to tell your DH or DW about what a cool thing you just did!

7. Take some pictures and post them here!

Here are mine:

I ran the hose from the water faucet, under my deck.... (obviously, no holes in this part)
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....to the little garden area.
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Here, you can see the connector I attached so that I can add another extension later, and also stop the water flow to either as needed:
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Positioning:
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I think it would be easier to do all this before your spring plants start to grow but even if you don't, the hose can be well hidden from view:

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Here is what the crimped end looks like. The staple holds it well in place and the simple crimping is very effective.
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This entire system cost me just over $10! If you want, you can add a timer to make this even better. I like turning the water on and off though.

Hope this is useful!
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May 6, 2018 7:48 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Great idea Joanna!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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May 6, 2018 8:02 PM CST
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crawgarden said:Great idea Joanna!


Thank you Rj!
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May 8, 2018 5:26 PM CST
Name: Ginny G
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May 8, 2018 5:44 PM CST
Name: Rj
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My neighbor put an underground irrigation system using hose, so far its going on 10 years with no mx!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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May 8, 2018 6:41 PM CST
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Legalily said: I agree I agree


Thank you Ginny!

Rj, that's really cool! I expect mine to last at least that long too!
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May 12, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Most excellent Joanna! Thumbs up
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May 12, 2018 5:12 PM CST
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Thank You!
flaflwrgrl said:Most excellent Joanna! Thumbs up
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Feb 14, 2021 10:20 PM CST
Name: BetNC
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Plus: no outside faucet?? Use water barrels to collect the rain runoff from the house's roof...then connect a drip line.

The drip lines are gravity-fed (stack $1.97 each concrete blocks from Home Depot or Lowe's to make a platform for the rain barrel - the higher the platform, the more pressure and faster the water will flow). Caveat: connecting a garden hose to the rain barrel and then raising the free end above the rain barrel spigot, like to use a spray nozzle, won't work: water won't run uphill! D'Oh!

I have 4 rain barrels (they look like classic Grecian urns - terracotta-colored plastic of course! Big Grin
one buried just beneath the surface for my plants along the back fence
one stretching above the surface for my 40' raised bed on the side (I like watermelons! nodding )
one connected to half a garden hose, to water my containers in front
one connected to the other half of that garden hose, as a back-up for my containers in the front (tomatoes are VERY thirsty! Hilarious! )

Oh, and about that "half a garden hose" even the SHORTEST hose was much too long, leaving trip-hazardous coils: so I bought a male and a female hose end from Amazon, cut that too-long hose in half and made 2 very much short hoses!

I have plans for a third drip line!!! (Watering wastes time I could spend GROWING! Thumbs up )
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May 16, 2021 10:40 AM CST
Name: BetNC
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Welcome! Welcome!
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May 16, 2021 3:29 PM CST
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Hi, @angelinaasmith, and Welcome! !

You might want to pop over to the Welcome forum to meet some members and introduce yourself! Here's the link:

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May 16, 2021 5:01 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
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Oh, darn! Bet beat me to it -- I love this idea, Joanna, and want to try it using a hose from my water barrels (which doesn't work well with "soaker" hoses). I have pretty much everything needed already, except for a hose that I'm willing to poke a bunch of holes in... thanks so much for sharing this idea! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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May 16, 2021 5:41 PM CST
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Glad you like it Sandy! Mine was a really cheap regular one I bought from a big box store for a very low price. I put it out over two years ago so it's been through some winters (out here that's below zero and snow, sometimes as much as -20 F!) and it's still going strong. Definitely worth the investment! I'll be adding another branch later this week or early next. It just makes life so much easier! Thumbs up

If you can, maybe post some pictures of yours? It'll be interesting to see how you do it with the rain barrel(s)! nodding
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May 16, 2021 8:00 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Joanna, I will definitely take photos - my mind is kind of going in circles right now, trying to figure out how I can best try this out - I'm thinking of trying it with an area where I'm going to plant onions, carrots and beets, it's near the barrels and I think I can fairly easily change the pattern I was going to plant it in to work with the hose setup; basically my plan is for two areas approx. 8x4', with onions-carrots-onions and then onions-beets-onions. I'm thinking maybe I'll try it in one of those two areas and see how the results compare with the other one Smiling
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May 16, 2021 8:55 PM CST
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Weedwhacker said:Joanna, I will definitely take photos - my mind is kind of going in circles right now, trying to figure out how I can best try this out - I'm thinking of trying it with an area where I'm going to plant onions, carrots and beets, it's near the barrels and I think I can fairly easily change the pattern I was going to plant it in to work with the hose setup; basically my plan is for two areas approx. 8x4', with onions-carrots-onions and then onions-beets-onions. I'm thinking maybe I'll try it in one of those two areas and see how the results compare with the other one Smiling


Sounds great! Can't wait to see how it turns out Thumbs up
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