If you have a garden that you maintain at home (be it flower or fruit/vegetable), you may want to consider installing a drip watering system. Drip irrigation is a popular method for watering plants for both its economic and practical advantages. It frees you up from watering your plants, giving you time to work elsewhere in the garden, or someplace else entirely. It is also very cost effective, as water is applied directly to where it is needed instead of flooding your garden, wasting money and water.
If you are really interested in setting up your own watering system, below are some steps to setting up a basic drip watering system.
Step 1 – Measuring Your Garden
First, measure the distance from your spigot to your garden. Then, measure the length for each row of plants, end to end. Add up the measurements, and add a foot or two per row to account for the hose bending around, and that is the length of hose you’ll need.
Step 2 – Plan Your Hose Layout
Unless all you have is a single row of plants, 5 feet from your spigot, it’s probably a good idea to plan your watering system and put it down on paper. Draw an overhead outline of your garden, and all of the points you’ll want the water to drip (likely one for each plant). Draw a “hose” from the spigot to your garden, either winding one length around the plants or splitting it with “Y” adapters.
If you have a smaller garden, you may be able to get away with no more than a single length of hose from your spigot through your garden. For a single, larger garden, you’ll probably need a hose-to-hose adapter to wind your length of hoses from the spigot, to the plants, and around each row. For multiple gardens, you’ll need to use “Y” adapters to split your hose in multiple directions from the spigot. You may also consider using “Y” adapters on a single larger garden, depending on how it is laid out.
Step 3 – Attach Timer And Hoses
For a single garden, attach your timer to the spigot. If you have a “Y” adapter at the spigot, and each garden has different watering needs, you’ll need a second timer to attach on the “Y” adapter. However, you may skip the timer entirely if you wish to turn the water on and off yourself every day.
Attach your hose or hoses to the timer (or “Y” adapter) and lay them out based on your plans, using other “Y” adapters and hose-to-hose adapters as necessary. Make sure each hose is within an inch or two of the base of the plants. Cap off the end of every hose that isn’t already connected.
Step 4 – Punch Your Holes
Using your ice pick, or a similar tool with a small, sharp point, puncture holes in the hose. Be sure the hole is facing the plant, and not too high on the hose. You may want to use a marker to mark on top of the hose where each hole is, in case the hose gets moved at any point.
Be sure that when you run it, keep the pressure at a medium level. And that’s all you need to make your own drip watering system!