The wheels are now in motion for our overseas snowboarding holiday later this month, however before we close the farm gate for several weeks we needed to be sure our much-loved veggie garden was going to survive without us. Discussions have gone back and forth about our best approach, however we (finally) opted for a simple yet very effective automatic irrigation system which we built and installed in around 8 hours.
Wanna know how? Well, read on.
We commenced with a few sketches of the area which involved the larger poly pipe looping around the fence, with smaller tubes coming off into each bed. So Luke set off to Bunnings and came home with a selection of goodies including poly tube, 13mm fittings, drip irrigation, micro sprays and risers (which you can conveniently view here in the online irrigation isle).
For aesthetic purposes and ease of future mowing, all pipes that aren’t fixed to the fence with brackets are dug into the ground a few centremeters, including this section for our new gate opening (which will be revealed soon *squeal*).
Once the riser is fixed and the pipe is run to the bed the finished result is very unobtrustive. In fact you can hardly notice it’s there (until it’s turned on of course).
Our half circle microjets into the blueberry patch are a hit! #success
This entire system is all fixed to our regular tap with an automatic battery timer which we have programmed to run each evening at 6pm.
So tell us DIYer, how do you water your garden at the moment?