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Low-Tech Veggie Watering System
Clark Kadis wanted to try his hand at vegetable farming without spending a lot of money. He needed a cheap way to water his plants, so he used a 55-gal. plastic barrel to build an inexpensive gravity-fed waterer that he pulls behind his 4-wheeler. Its equipped with a 3-ft. long boom on one side of a 2-wheeled trailer that the barrel sets on.
  Its 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; ckadis13@gmail.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5