A vegetable patch in your own garden is something that a lot of us want, but finding the time and space seems all to hard. Especially when it comes to keeping enough water to where its needed.
To help with making it simple and not too demanding on your time, I’m going to show you how I have set up my patch with an underground water system using the following equipment:
- 13mm black poly tube
- 13mm barbed fittings including elbows, tees, inline tap etc
- 13mm locking clamps
- waterproof tape or cable tie (or you can use a 13mm end plug)
- Stanley knife
- Drawing pin
I prefer to use an underground watering system instead of a dripper system as it helps with eliminating water wastage through over spray and wind, whilst ensuring that all the vegies get even amounts of water directly to the roots where its needed.
Another saving with the underground water system is the time and amount of water being used. I only have to place the timer on for 2 minutes per day to water our patch. Hotter days will increase this to 5 minutes just to ensure that our vegies are getting enough water.
I don’t worry about using any dripper fittings as it’s going to go under the soil, so I use a drawing pin to place pin holes in the poly tube for the water to escape. The final, and most important step to make it as simple as possible, is to have a tap timer attached. Set and forget.
So depending on your size of patch will depend on how much poly tube you need. For me, I run my vegie rows vertically and can fit 6 rows within one bed. I run a length of pipe horizontally along the length of the bed and then run pipe off the main length for each row (see second image above). At the end of the row, I fold a few inches of the poly tube back on itself and bind it together with waterproof tape or a cable tie. At the end of the bed leading into the second bed I have placed an on/off tap which allows control over what beds are being watered and when. No point in watering a bed that has no vegies planted.
I then lay the pipe down and mound the soil over the pipe for each of the six rows (this helps with drainage and to be able to access the vegies).
This is a good time to put the tap on and test the water system. You want to check to ensure that water is getting to the full length of the mounded soil. Adjustments can be made with water flow and if more holes are needed to be put in the pipe; once happy it’s time to put the seeds in.
To place seeds into the mound I drag my hand through the mounded soil to just about where the pipe is to be able to place seeds directly where they will get easy access to the water. Then lightly cover with soil on top of the seed and you are done. Timer is set; now time to just enjoy the patch.
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