2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Low-Tech Veggie Watering System
“It’s simple and easy to operate,” says Kadis, whose vegetable garden measures 400 ft. long by 250 ft. wide. “I worked for 7 years for a commercial vegetable grower who uses raised beds with drip irrigation and plastic mulch for weed control. I wanted to try it without a lot of expense, but to do that I needed a way to water right after planting. I grow pumpkins, green and wax beans, turnips, and carrots.”
He leaves a 5-ft. wide unplanted area between each set of rows, where he drives the ATV and waterer. “I go back and forth down the field. I use the same gaps at harvest with the ATV and a wagon to collect buckets of vegetables,” says Kadis.
The watering pipe is made from 1/2-in. dia. pvc and attaches with connectors to the bungee hole at one end of the barrel. It has a series of holes spaced about 1 in. apart in it and is equipped with a shut-off valve and an end cap.
“It works good. I use the shut-off valve to adjust how much water comes out of the holes,” says Kadis. “The end of the pipe is braced by a rope that runs up to the top of the barrel. I cut a hole on top of the barrel to fill it. I run a rope over the top to keep it from bouncing around.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clark Kadis, 63 Crest Ave., Longmeadow, Mass. 01106 (ph 413 636-2419; email@example.com).
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