How To Set Up A Watering System For Your Garden

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Looking for an easy way to keep your garden watered? Try setting up your own watering system!

20170613_093548-z2jk7bxktk.jpgIn the above image, the green is the lawn area and the purple are the flower beds that need water.

1. First, draw a planned map of your garden. Measure the perimeter of the garden area that you plan to water and don’t forget to add in an smaller areas you wish to include. Mark where you would like to install any sprinklers. If you are only using sprinklers, make sure that the watered areas will overlap enough to cover the entire garden, but not so much that one area will become over-saturated and possibly flooded.

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2. Using the measurements, calculate what you will need. What length and how many pipes / hose, how many t-junctions, elbows, sprinkler heads, misters, drip lines, etc. Decide if you’d like to use pvc pipes or a flexible hose system and whether you want to rely mainly on drip lines or use sprinklers. Don’t forget to buy a connector to join everything to the water source.

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3. Mark out your garden using the map that you have drawn up. If you are planning to bury the pipes, then dig shallow trenches to lay them in. If you are using an above ground system, mark the lines with anchors. Once you have purchased all of the needed equipment, start to install it from the farthest point and then work your way back to the water source. Anchor / bury the pipes or hose as you go.

20170613_094308-6v6h2j60l5.jpg The red piece is a micro soaker. Depending on the piece, it may work similar to a dripper or it may work as a micro mister. In this case, it releases a lot of water and acts more like a mini sprinkler.

4. If you are using a drip system, start adding the drip lines so that they will water the roots of the plants directly. If you haven’t planted yet, then make sure to space the drips out according to where you will plant.

20170613_094200-6gfyqkapk8.jpg It looks messy, but it works. There are 3 connections for the different sections of the yard that need to be watered.

5. Connect the irrigation system to the water source using either a manual connection or a timer. Turn it on and check to see that the water reaches the areas it is meant to. Also check the water pressure to make sure that it is not too high. If it is, then you can either purchase a pressure reducer or you can add more drip lines / sprinklers / other water outlets.

So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.

2 Comments:

  • CrankyBadger:

    Thx for posting this. The long term plan for my property is to use groundwater and rainwater to water the veggie garden via a 1000 litre tote, like this:


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    Other than that, my system will be similar with PVC lines and valves running to drip lines because a gravity-fed system likely won’t have enough pressure for spray heads. One important note: in the design process, include a winter drain at the lowest point so you can drain the system before freeze up. It’s probably not an issue where you are Vale, but most jurisdictions have a ‘frost line’ (minimum depth to prevent freezing). This is the minimum depth of your trench if you don’t have a drain. Additionally, an air fitting at the top end will allow you to blow compressed air through the system to blow out the water...but gravity will work if care is taken in the layout to prevent water traps. In the picture shown, the distance between the outlet and the spigot is much less than what would be allowed here. Just going from memory, I think it’s 6 feet...

  • Vale: Thanks for adding that about the winter drain! It never freezes here so I didn’t even think about that :D
    I like the idea of using groundwater and rainwater. We could definitely do that here as we are at the start of the rainy season and it’s already rained enough to fill at least 1 rain barrel. I’ll have to see if I can find some as that would really help keep the garden watered in the dry season, especially since last dry season we had several weeks with no water at all (pipes burst, and repairing them apparently takes 1.5 months in Guatemala..)

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