Holidays. A time to relax, unwind…work on another project! Well, with a heat-wave pending, I decided that I better get the garden ‘soaker’ system set up. First step was to dig out some trenches for the water pipe, black 75 PSI. Here’s a tip; don’t buy irrigation materials (hose, connectors, faucets etc) in the irrigation section of your hardware store – they’re twice as expensive as the components in the plumbing section. I checked into wholesale prices but didn’t have the volume to get deals. Anyway, I looked at a brass faucet manifold (one hose connection, expanding to 4 faucets) and it was $99. Crazy. Anyway, if you can’t buy it you can make it. The manifold I made, with two tap faucets and two ball joint faucets cost me about $25 and some time and I think it actually works quite well.
So after the trenches were dug and manifold complete, I laid out the water pipe, added some connectors then Josée helped me to lay out the soaker hose. We can now water the entire veggie garden (about 25×40 in the main garden, 15×40 in the corn and bean garden) with the flick of one ball joint tap lever. In addition, I calculated that if we use the soaker hose at night, we’ll reduce our water consumption for the veggie garden by about 70 percent versus conventional sprinkler watering. This fact along with the ease of watering made this project very satisfying from a few perspectives.
Next project – retaining walls!