Simple and reliable do-it-yourself greenhouse irrigation system

The pipe irrigation system that I have been using for two years has proven itself to be very reliable and easy to use.


Do-it-yourself watering system in a greenhouse made of HDPE pipes
The summer season is in full swing and many are probably engaged in growing vegetables in a greenhouse on their garden plot.

This fate did not escape me either, and having two greenhouses with a total area of ​​30 square meters, I realized that something needs to be done with watering.
Climbing with a watering can in the thickets of tomatoes and cucumbers is still a pleasure.

After going through various options, drip irrigation with separate droppers for each plant, various oozing hoses, and so on, it seemed to me that the same drip irrigation is quite capricious, requires precise adjustment of each nozzle and careful handling of it, and I realized that this was not mine.
Oozing hoses were not encouraging either, as I found a lot of complaints about their specifics to clog up and overgrow, after which they stop working and become useless.
Having studied this topic, I realized that I needed the simplest irrigation system that would be unpretentious, would not be afraid of mechanical damage, would perfectly winter in its place without unnecessary dancing over it, and would quickly be ready to work after planting plants in the spring.
And, I decided to make my watering based on the HDPE pipe, which is not afraid of the sun or frost.

For my watering, I used a 25 mm HDPE pipe which I placed centrally along each bed between the plants.
For me, the plants on the row are planted in a checkerboard pattern, and accordingly I drilled holes with a diameter of 2 mm in the pipe with the same interval just between the plants.
And in order for all plants to receive approximately the same amount of water, after planting, I trim the soil between them so that the water between the plants accumulates in approximately the same volume.

Water is supplied to the pipes by gravity from barrels located on the street at a height of 1 meter above ground level, in these barrels the water pumped in the evening or collected from the roofs of the heifers can calmly warm up during the day. By the way, you can learn about my rainwater collection system from this video.

Now, probably someone will say - you can fill in the plants, the water supply goes without droppers, not dosed, and not to the roots themselves.
 Yes, and at the beginning I had doubts whether all plants will get water?
But as the practice of two-year use of this irrigation has shown, with normal and abundant watering, the earth is gradually and everywhere saturated with moisture inside, and reaches all the roots.

Sometimes I even noticed that after watering, in places the ground was dry from the top, but after an hour or two, having removed a little bit of the top layer of the earth in this place, it was clear that there was enough moisture in the depths.

For the winter, I do not remove or pump these pipes, the only thing I do is disconnect them from the supply line and move them along the edges of the beds for the convenience of digging earth and laying compost.
My irrigation system completely suits me, it is unpretentious, easy to maintain and work with, and most importantly, it was very cheap.

Watch a video from the CleverBill DIY channel on how to independently water the greenhouse

Comments:

Dieter | 23 april 2021г. 23:31:12

There really is no point in expensive and complex nozzle irrigation systems. Your version with HDPE pipes deserves the attention of those who want to save money and get a reliable and durable irrigation system.

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