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07-02-2009, 03:39 PM
1/2" pvc pipe with 5/32" holes drilled every foot. Pipe is attached to the top of the bed with nails on either side of the pipe. Cost for a 4 x 12' bed is about $5. You do gotta attach and remove garden hose, but you don't have to stand there holding the hose, and every drop of water goes where you want it to go.


Bill Behrens
07-02-2009, 04:23 PM
Very cool. Just make sure they're dry when the frost sets in.

07-02-2009, 05:29 PM
Caps on the ends are not glued. I orient the ends downhill and in fall remove the caps. And because the holes are drilled halfway down the diameter of the pipe, the pipes could never be more than half-full of water.

07-02-2009, 06:31 PM
Irrigation is a way of life in NM. We used soaker hose, or the flat sprinkler hose turned upside down snaked through the plants and buried under the soil. Also used milk and coke bottles stuck into the ground and filled with water next to the plant. Another way is trenching between rows, the water will fill one row and move on the to next through a passage opened at the end of the row. Irrigation that way eliminates the need for daily watering.

07-02-2009, 08:48 PM
That's a real nice set-up. It looks like you're using a fabric mulch which should really cut down on blight.

I use soaker hoses under black plastic mulch.

Bill Behrens
07-04-2009, 04:11 PM
Hereís my irrigation system for what I hope is a prize-winning pumpkin this year at the fair. Iíve used it before to grow one that came in at 86lbs. And a few more at over 60lbs. Iím hoping for a 100lbs. plus this year.




07-05-2009, 10:47 AM
Those a big dollies.