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Post  jazzymaddy on 2/15/2012, 10:05 pm

So I have one 8x4, and am preparing to build another 8x2 (with likely one or two more boxes in future years - maybe more). I'm looking into the SFG drip irrigation system, and just want to make sure I'm looking at the right stuff. I have in my cart the large system for the 8x4, and one large add-on system for the 8x2. Are there other connectors I would need for the two to become one big happy family? I only have one water line. The boxes will be relatively close to one another. Probably 3 ft walking distance between.

Am I missing anything? Is anyone using one that could give a review (if you'd rather PM me with that, that's cool)?

Thanks all!
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Post  elliephant on 2/22/2012, 7:27 pm

Bumping this up as I'm trying to figure out drip irrigation as well.

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Post  newstart on 2/22/2012, 7:49 pm

would love to hear as well lol

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Post  snibb on 2/22/2012, 7:59 pm

I'll defer to someone who has used those particular ones but the system that I have used works like a charm. I've seen the one thats available through the foundation and I think its very similiar to what I have. It waters 6" apart and drips water every 3". I think you can see some of it in my photo gallery but if your gardens are big your going to want to use a drip instead of hand watering. Unless of course you're want to water by hand. There's a lot to be said for that too. I'm just a lazy gardener so I used the drip-hooked up to a timer to boot..it's been great for us

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Post  RoOsTeR on 2/22/2012, 8:12 pm

Jazzy, I'm guessing you have seen this from the foundation about their drip system:
http://www.squarefootgardening.com/sfg-drip-irrigation-system-large/

Notice the very bottom paragraph:
If you have secondary or very hard water, we suggest adding our Filter to your purchase to prevent clogging or filling your system with grime. You do NOT need any tools to use this system. It's the simplest drip system you will ever find! Here is a short video of us demonstrating it. Remember that each starter kit requires a hose connection, so if you want to water many gardens but only have 1 hose connection, be sure to purchase the add-on kits to extend your garden from a single hose connection.

Hope that helps.

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Post  jkahn2eb on 3/2/2012, 1:02 pm

Any thoughts on this? My friend loves it in her garden:

http://www.dripworks.com/category/soakdrp

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Post  Lindacol on 3/2/2012, 1:51 pm

@jkahn2eb wrote:Any thoughts on this? My friend loves it in her garden:

http://www.dripworks.com/category/soakdrp
I bought a kit at Lowes when I started last year that included that type of drip line though it may not have been the same brand. Mine has 1/2 gph emitters every 12 inches and works fine. I ran it up & down the length of my 4x8 bed 5 times. I would suggest putting shutoffs on each run for convenience and I have also replaced some of the end plugs with shutoffs so I can flush the line when there is a clog (I had a clog only once so far & that was my fault for hooking up more lines w/o flushing the new section first & it took some time to find where the clog ended up).
Any suggestions on a reasonable battery operated timer? The freebie I used last year was a godsend but stopped working last fall.

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Post  littlejo on 3/2/2012, 11:03 pm

@snibb wrote:I'll defer to someone who has used those particular ones but the system that I have used works like a charm. I've seen the one thats available through the foundation and I think its very similiar to what I have. It waters 6" apart and drips water every 3". I think you can see some of it in my photo gallery but if your gardens are big your going to want to use a drip instead of hand watering. Unless of course you're want to water by hand. There's a lot to be said for that too. I'm just a lazy gardener so I used the drip-hooked up to a timer to boot..it's been great for us



Help, I looked for your gallery and could not find you.

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Post  shannon1 on 3/3/2012, 3:02 am

I have been considering drip as well. I have used soaker hoses as well and worked fine for a 4x4 bed but had to cover with mulch to keep the sun from damageing the hoses. Is that an issue with the drip system?

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Post  vinny09 on 5/31/2012, 2:02 pm

Did a quick search and it seems people are using all types of emitter flow rates. I currently have 1/4" drip line with 1/2 GPH emitters spaced 6" apart which I run also 6" apart from each other. basically, I have two lines running down each row of squares. The diameter of coverage is only about 1". I'm wanting to change my set up to be 1/2" mainline down the center of each row with 1 emitter/sq. I water about 10min/day. Anymore than that, water drains from the box, but I know the box isn't fully saturated. So with emitters, the looser the soil (ie sandy), the higher the flow rate and the more compact the soil (ie clay), the lower the flow rate. Seeing as Mel's Mix is very loose, I'm thinking using a 1 or 2 GPH emitter in the center of each square. Can anyone with experience using single emitters provide feedback on the coverage area? I'm thinking go higher (ie 2 or more GPH) and just control the watering with less time. Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice!

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Post  elliephant on 5/31/2012, 2:12 pm

I know Acara posted somewhere that he uses 4 GPH.

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Post  PeonyLover on 5/31/2012, 3:11 pm

I'm located in the Central Valley of Ca. so drip systems really make life easier for me and save water. I ran 1/4" drip lines from an existing 1/2" sprinkler riser (we have an in ground sprinkler system) using a manifold like this. I highly recommend you spend a little extra to get one with screw on caps & shut-off valves on each of the ports.


I ran two lines down each row with 4 1GPH emitters for each box. I ran in rows so that I can shut off water to my melons to prevent splitting. Also if I happen to have an empty row you can shut off the eater and prevent weeds. These boxes still need some mulch, but school is out tomorrow and I'll do it then when I have some help.


I run these on all my boxes for 20 mins 3 times a week. When we hit 100+ I may have to run them a second time in late afternoon as well.

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