Based on your garden set-up, diagram where you want your water lines to go, like we did in the plan you see above. Bonus! We’re almost done, but don’t bury your pipe yet. Disclaimer: All content provided on An Oregon Cottage is for informational purposes only. Please try again. For places with deeper winters, using a compressor to blow the water out would make sure no water was left in the system. We knew we didn’t want that to be an issue with our farmhouse’s new vegetable garden. Once all the PVC pieces are glued and secured in place along your lines and up your beds, screw on the on/off valves and turn them all to the off. The tutorial gives you a list of what it takes to create it and offers pictures to help with the configuration. Really simple. It can save you time, money, minimize erosion, reduce the amount of water needed to soak plants, and oh so much more. Generally, if it's bad for your health or the planet, I try to avoid it. You can see in the photo above that we placed these brackets towards the top of the beds to provide the most stability when turning hose valves on and off. Required fields are marked *. You’ll need male and female garden hose repair menders – here’s a male end and here’s a female. The problem was, once we got the foundation laid – including gravel paths – we didn’t want to think about tearing it all up for a garden irrigation system. Choose one or two flowerbeds or a garden and install a simple one-zone garden drip system. One thing I’ve longed for in our previous vegetable gardens has been an automatic watering system, one that didn’t require dragging hoses everywhere, looked good, and could be almost a set-it-and-forget-it thing. TIP #2: Stick a little wad of paper or cloth into the end of the pipe waiting to be glued. This article also contains affiliate links which earn commission based on sales, but it doesn’t change your price. For this garden we are using cardboard and wood chips on the paths for the easiest maintenance (in my past two gardens, gravel has just grown a lot of weeds since it’s hard to keep dirt and compost out of it in a vegetable garden). eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'thefuntimesguide_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',800,'0','0'])); DIY Idea #4:  If you’d rather not go the drip irrigation route, you could always harvest the condensation from your air conditioner in order to construct a self-watering system that could easily be retrofitted to your existing garden. Copyright Note: While the copyright at the bottom of the page covers everything on An Oregon Cottage, permission is not required to use one image and no more than 2 lines of text IF you clearly provide a DIRECT LINK back to this source wherever the image appears. We have similar but all pvc with drilled holes. Personally, I strive to have as little impact as possible on Planet Earth while I'm here. My suggestion is: Here’s a quick video that shows how easy it is to set and use the Gilmour timer shown. This looks great! This is especially important if you’re laying the pipe in a rocky area like ours where a sharp rock could eventually poke a hole in your line. The first step is to measure your garden, so you can draw a rough map of it (hopefully, you’ll already have done this as part of starting a vegetable garden the easy way and you can pull it from your free Garden Notebook Journal). COVID-19 Update to Customers Customers can shop with us in-store or online with our Click & Deliver or Drive & Collect services. The pipe slides about an inch into the fittings, so allow for that.