One of the worst jobs for me as a gardener is watering container plants as it can be a rather time-consuming task if you have many containerized plants – luckily, drip irrigation systems are becoming more main stream.
These irrigation systems utilize a standard outdoor hose bib to drip/water just enough water to your plants – and the great thing is it goes right to where they need it, the roots! A typical container drip system consists of the following: battery timer, backflow preventer, pressure regulator, filter, hose end and beginning fitting, poly tubing main line, small poly tubing, and
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A typical container drip system consists of the following: battery timer, backflow preventer, pressure regulator, filter, hose end and beginning fitting, poly tubing main line, small poly tubing and your miscellaneous emitters (these can be mini sprayers, drippers or small tubing with drip holes). This list of parts might sound intimidating but these systems really can come together quickly. Most household kits include everything but the timer. You just have to run the main line tubing off your faucet with the battery timer, pressure regulator, filter, and backflow preventer connected before the main line.
Next, run the main line to where all of your containers are located. The kits include a small hole punch that can punch holes in the poly tubing main line to connect your various different water emitters. The types of emitters really can vary depending on your container size.
For a small container (6 inches or less), a single drip emitter can easily water the whole container. For larger square/round containers (6 inches or more), the mini spray stakes work perfectly. For long containers (window-box planter), the small drip tubing works great to water the whole length of the container.
So kick back in your lounge chair this summer and let a drip irrigation system water all of those container plants.