Tag: Orbit drip irrigation

Windowsill Herb Garden is Easy and Fun

For smart irrigation month we decided to put together a small planter to grow herbs (they’re the legal kind, don’t worry).  Herbs are a great plant to grow.  We’re growing ours outdoors, but they also do well indoors.  They smell good, grow fast, and are great for cooking.

To speed up watering, we decided to install some soaker hosing.  Ours hooks to a hose and is expandable, but these could easily be linked to an existing sprinkler system and other drip lines.

Here are the supplies we’ll use.

IMG_0003We’ve got 18 inches of ½ inch distribution tubing.  A 50-foot roll of ¼-inch soaker tubing (though we’ll only be using about 2-3 feet).  A ¼-inch barb tee.  ¼-inch barb coupling.  Two ¼-inch barb elbows (not pictured).  A ½-inch drip lock end cap adaptor (this makes the box expandable). A 3-in-1 drip lock faucet adapter.  Four ¼-inch dripper stakes to hold the soaker tubing in place.  Three ½-inch tubing straps to secure the tubing to the planter box.  A punch tool.  And finally, a tubing cutter.  A hammer was also necessary but you may not need this.

First, we attached the 3-in-1 adapter to our ½-inch tubing and measured it on the back of the box.

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Next, we cut the tubing to size.

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We then secured ½-inch tubing with our tubing straps, nailing them to the planter.

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Here’s what it should look like:

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This finished, we began attaching our ¼-inch tubing, making a small elbow where we’d attach our soaker tubing.

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Winding the soaker tubing around the outside of the planter, we connected it back to where we began with the barbed tee.  This loop system isn’t necessary, but does eliminate need for a plug.

Finally, we planted our seeds.

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We then took it to our hose and tested it out.  It runs great.

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For us, this was the ideal solution because we move the box indoors every night.  For those whose planters will stay in a permanent location, the portability isn’t a necessary step.  Furthermore, connecting it to an existing underground systems drip line, you could have the boxes watered by a timer.  There’re plenty of routes to take, so experiment and have fun.  We’ll keep you updated throughout the summer as our herbs progress.

How does an automatic sprinkler system work?

The following diagram provides a simple look at the anatomy of a sprinkler system. The starting point is the source of water for the system. In this case there is an existing supply from a city meter to the house. Local codes may regulate who and how you can tap into your source. A mainline pipe carries water from the water source to a backflow prevention device which helps keep the sprinkler system from potentially contaminating or polluting the drinking water.

Except for very small yards, the water pressure from the source is insufficient to allow watering of the entire yard at one time, so the yard is broken up into smaller areas called zones. An automatic sprinkler valve controls the flow of water from the mainline to each zone.  The sprinkler valves are often grouped together in an arrangement called a sprinkler manifold which makes them easy to locate and reduces the amount of sprinkler wire required. The sprinkler wire connects each automatic valve to the sprinkler timer or controller. The sprinkler timer tells each valve to open at a specified time, run for a specified time, and then close. Some sprinkler timers can be connected to smart devices which automatically calculate when and how long the system should run and shut the system off when it is raining. The ability to precisely control watering according to specific conditions in the yard is the key to how an automatic sprinkler system conserves water. Lateral line pipes carry water from the automatic valves to the sprinkler heads. Drip zones, which use very low flow sprinkler devices called emitters to deliver water garden, shrub, and flower beds, are becoming more and more common as a water-conserving replacement for traditional sprinkler heads. The easiest ways to design a professional, water-conserving sprinkler system are to use the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer.

Drip Irrigation System Products

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Conservation.

Convenience.

Appearance.

All of these are important when you want to make sure your yard, lawn, or garden is the best it can be.

The advanced and elegant drip watering systems from Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. provide you all three of these.

How does drip irrigation work?

Drip irrigation products conserve water by slowly and accurately applying the right amount of water to plants’ root zones instead of non-growth areas. This means less water is lost to evaporation and runoff.

Also, Orbit drip irrigation systems are more convenient because they eliminate hand watering of small areas and reduce weed growth.

Orbit drip irrigation systems are sold in kits and are available online and in many retail outlets. These kits make it easy to install yourself, and you can also use the drip components to customize your irrigation system.

What other benefits do you see to having a drip irrigation system installed in your yard, lawn, or garden area?

Drip Irrigation Systems: The basics

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Ever walk by a house after the sprinklers are done irrigating and see the sidewalks wet with overspray?

How about seeing a small flower garden where a large area sprinkler head is not only watering its intended target, but everything around it (the fence, the rocks, the neighbor’s yard) as well?

These are just two examples of poor water conservation practices.

One way to help curb the use of water and drop it more accurately on the spots that require it is to use drip irrigation.

Drip irrigation is also known as micro-irrigation. It combines a low-volume of water and a low-pressure release of that water so that it is more accurate with its irrigation delivery mechanism.

Drip irrigation systems can easily be camouflaged under bark, mulch, or decorative rock; they can also be on top of the ground.

So, why consider drip irrigation systems? View the video below and read the tips that follow.

Conserve water:
Drip irrigation systems manage water. A sprinkler can often deliver too much water for the soil to hold and runoff can occur.

Water precisely:
Certain areas won’t be over- or under-watered because you can focus the water exactly where it is required for plant growth.

Curb diseases:
Fungus (and resulting diseased) are less likely to occur in soil that is not constantly saturated with water.

Reduce erosion:
A fast release of water will often be disruptive to soil. A slow drip, on the other hand, can help the moisture penetrate the ground in a same and non-disruptive manner.

 

Install easily:
Orbit drip irrigation systems are sold in kits and are available online and in many retail outlets. These kits make it easy to install yourself, and you can also use the drip components to customize your irrigation system.


Do you have a drip irrigation system installed?

What other benefits do you see to having a drip system installed in your yard, lawn, or garden area?
Please leave your comments below.