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Drippers and water barrel combo for watering beds. More salad stuff will go in here.

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Comment by Scarlett on November 11, 2009 at 15:16
thankyou so much for putting the link to the "pickle barrels" !! i've been wanting these for ages - hooray!! i'm going to go crazy with these all over the place - plus I think i can hook them up to the rainwater on the shed, cubby and chook house, maybe in series (i've got slope - or i could even mount them vertically probably). wow. excitement.
Comment by Donna on November 11, 2009 at 9:29
Hey, you stole my idea lol! I 'invented' something similar last weekend and the infrastructure manager is going to test it for me this weekend.

We have a black rubbish bin that is not doing anything, and a whole heap of random leftover fittings for an irrigation system from our previous property. I suggested putting a tap into the garbage bin, and using the larger diameter hose from it right down the fruit tree section on the side of our block. Then running the small pipe from it to each tree.

The idea is to fill up the bin with water (and any additives - seaweed/ fish/ EM etc) then let it dribble, gravity fed to the tree (our block slopes slightly). We will try using no fittings on the small pipes and see if it gets to the last one, then try dribblers if needed to adjust the water coming out. The bin could also be raised if required as it is near my workstation.

Then if *my idea* worked we could use the same theory in a few other areas that get forgotten about when it comes to watering...

By using a garbage bin and allowing say 10 individual pipes it would cost around $15 or so for each system. In our case we already have most of the things sitting in the container anyway.
Comment by Mark Thomson on November 11, 2009 at 5:59
This is a system set up in beds in the ground at the rocks community garden and the results speak for themselves.Water is everything.

Comment by Mark Thomson on November 11, 2009 at 5:55
13 mm joiners and elbows make up the links between the dripper lines and simple steel pegs pin the system in place

Comment by Mark Thomson on November 11, 2009 at 5:53
this is an inline dripper that emits 4 ltrs per hour . It is important to use non pressure compensated line such as drip eazy or nitafim, talk to your irrigation supplier here .This system needs to operate at very low pressures so choose your dripper line accordingly.

Comment by Mark Thomson on November 11, 2009 at 5:48
next set up the dripper lines to accomodate your soil type and how you crop your bed. I have a block presentation here but can also do many other curved or angular with nice regular spacings of line and dripper.

Comment by Mark Thomson on November 11, 2009 at 5:45
simple on of tap and connect to 13 mm poly that intern leads to your dripper lines

Comment by Mark Thomson on November 11, 2009 at 5:42
I have been using these dripper systems and ones like it for many years now. Like everything they have pros and cons.The first pic is the storage drum of 30ltr you can go as big as you your requirements dictate. this is your header tank and idealy it is positioned above the bed by 10 cm or more to obtain the gravity feed status. Black food quality drums( Black is UV resistant whilst white breaks down within two years) they are available here direct from the supplier http://www.peopleinplastic.com.au/Category/drums-ex-bris-sydyou may need an Abn Number though. I actuall bought most of them them new but if you can get them wholesale the prices are $25 .Retail is $35 from a hydroponic shop at Enogera. They are also available from canoeoing and outdoor camping places and possibly catering places . they come with a small tap that screws into the base and a lid to keep out

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Comment by Mark Thomson on November 10, 2009 at 18:49
I have been spured on since joining this group.I have been retro fiting since winter and are working on many upgrades to the garden .The layout is the same but I am spending time getting things just right .I love cropping out of these raised beds. I am not as fit as I use to be and are gearing up the back yard to accomodate a systems that works for me, my lazyness, and my back. I am hoping to get the garden to a standard to show anyone that is interested. I am working hard to also try and get a continuose supply of food through . So I sow, grow, then harvest mostly leaf crops for salads and stirfrys from these beds. I have three at present on line with 2 more to come on in the near future..I use the square foot garden method and the gardens are No Dig with minimal tillage .In these beds I plant a very mixed planting of salad and stirfry material that has a short rotation of up to 12 weeks.Longterm crops are in other areas of the garden..
The barrel holds 30 ltrs of water, it is sitting on the supporting timber plank and is filled manually with a garden hose. Once or twice a week I release 30 ltrs into a bed that is 2m long and 1m wide the dripper hose bleeds water into soil and rehydrates the soil in the garden. plants grow well as water delivered under mulch at the root zone. I have bigger barrels for larger gardens and also for the fruit trees...
I started to do this during the drought and can actually calibrate the water that I deliver on each bed.
Comment by Donna on October 22, 2009 at 13:36
It looks like you are very organised, wish I could say the same *sigh*

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