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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Frontier-Lawn, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    my wife wants me to build a raised bed veg garden. what type of water system should i do drip, sprink heads, or soaker hose the size is going to be a L shape 8' on the longest side 4' on the shortest and 4' deep any help would be great. ( :help: i dont need my wife like this :angry: )
  2. JeffY

    JeffY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    I would use either drip or soaker hose. Spray heads will encourage leaf rot on some vegetables. I personally prefer soaker hose covered by a thin layer of dirt/mulch if it's all one type of vegetables. Drip would be best if you are using several different types that have different watering needs. You can always had more drip emitters to the plants that need more water than others.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    We use drip with Rain bird zerogators in 10" boxes under ground, 1/4" tuning connected to above ground micro sprays with ball valves on each nozzle. I love the flexibility of the system, and the ability to move the nozzles simply by pulling the stakes out of the ground and placing them where we need them. In the event some of the gadren is harvested, we can turn the ball valve on any one or all of the nozzles off, so we don't spray that area. Make sure you install a large inline fliter with a 25 psi regulator if you go that route.
  4. earthtool

    earthtool LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    You might want to take a look at the world leader in low volume irrigation.

    Netafim has been in business since the early 60's and is the leader in technology for drip irrigation.
    We have been using their products for over 10 years and have had great results.

    Hope this helps.


  5. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    These guys have given you good advice, and there is also another item that I hope you’re aware of.

    Not directly related to irrigation, but directly affecting irrigation is the type of soil that you’re going to have in your raised bed. Drip systems, and soaker hoses, can be used effectively as long as your soil isn’t too sandy. If you take a cup of water and empty it on top of sandy soil where does the water go? It goes down and doesn’t disperse outward very much (bell shaped dispersion). You can end up with some very dry spots only a few inches away from the water source or emitter. But, if you first mix in a good amount of organic matter into your soil, you’ll make out just fine… Your wife and her plants will both be happier.
  6. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    i was going to buy bags of the miracle grow topsoil and put in it. the boxes would sit on the sandy soil.
  7. activelandscaping

    activelandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    1) do you have existing irrigation?

    2) how much were you planning on spending?

    3) do you want this to be automatic ( come on and shut off by means of a timer )?

    4) how far is the garden from the nearest hose bib?

  8. activelandscaping

    activelandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    I would be cheaper to buy a farm, and limo to get you there.:D

    Just use plain bags of topsoil. Use the following recipe: for every 2 bags of topsoil add 1 bag of manure/compost mix and 2 shovel fulls of sphagnum peat ( 1 bale should do it ). Mix everything throughly along with a little of the sand. I guarantee you it will work better than MG.

  9. activelandscaping

    activelandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    I would go with the Rainbird's " Xerigation " line. Run 700 tube from the water source into, then along the back of, the bed. Use pass through, the Grey color, emitters. Attach the micro-tube then go with the " 360 True Spray's " which can be adjusted from closed to 31 GPH , spray diameter from about the size of a dollar to about 3' ( and any size in between). I will post a link when I have time. :)

  10. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    1) no
    2)no more than $500
    3)yes i would like it to be

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