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PVC grid and drip system ALL IN ONE?

Post  twangster on 1/2/2011, 8:38 pm

Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and preparing my for my first Square Foot Garden.

Has anyone tried making a grid from PVC, drilling small holes in the bottom and hooking up to a water source?

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Welcome Twangster

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/2/2011, 9:25 pm

glad you\'re here Twangster

So glad you joined our group. We have a lot of people with loads of experience in various areas, so maybe someone can respond to your question. I don't have any experience in using PVC as a grid and also as a drip water system, but it does sound interesting.

Please feel free to ask questions and chime in if you have information to share.

Again, glad you\'re here
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SFG Supply has these

Post  acara on 1/2/2011, 9:33 pm

SFG SUPPLY

FWIW though ... there's better (IMHO) ways to accomplish the same thing.

The "spray/drip-bar" concept rarely works the way you plan it too ..... too much pressure near the inlet and too little pressure at the farthest point from the water source.

Usually I get better results from a 1/2" low-volume line (header) with 1/8" feeders, run to the center of the square.

You could probably accomplish the same thing by tapping the PVC for pressure regulating nozzles/drippers, but its labor intensive.

Here's some pics of the low-volume set-up ..
















Connection point w/ master on/off for box;





You can also get creative (or obsessive Very Happy ) and actually have individual flow-control & on/off to the plants;

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Re: PVC grid and drip system ALL IN ONE?

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 1/2/2011, 10:23 pm

Sounds like a great idea, to me. And, with some effort, I bet it can be perfected. I saw a vid on a hoop-house that had the center bar with a connector to a hose to allow water to squirt inside, from the top, while the hoops were closed.

Anything is possible.
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Re: PVC grid and drip system ALL IN ONE?

Post  middlemamma on 1/2/2011, 10:57 pm

MY uneducated, non-engineer, inexperienced, village idiot opinion is.......

When I did my first season I used the slats just like mel says to in the book for my grid...and I was amazed at how much "room" in my box those took up, I switched to clothesline for this upcoming year....I would think, assume the PVC pipe would do the same thing and annoy the crappola outta me. Smile just my .02 cents. Smile
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Post  miinva on 1/2/2011, 11:59 pm

There are a lot of plants that don't like to get watered from the top, so I would caution you against top watering systems except in special cases where you're dealing with a plant that doesn't mind wet leaves.

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