March 28, 2010

My Best Garden Investment

Four years ago I made the best garden investment ever! I installed drip irrigation in my raised beds and all the flower beds. It has been not only a garden life saver but also a huge time saver for me. I had been spending about 6 hours a week hand watering the gardens and it was becoming a real chore. I travel quite a bit as a flight attendant and I couldn't always be home to water the garden or expect my husband or neighbor to do it either when I was out of town. I had been debating installing drip irrigation for a while and being neither handy or good with instructions I didn't think I could do it. It was a real surprise how easy installation was. Believe me that if I can do it anyone can do it! I used several starter kits from DIG Corp Drip Irrigation
and over a weekend my husband and I installed them in four different gardens and all twelve of my raised vegetable beds. We also installed water timers on the main spigots.
Each timer waters a different zone in the garden depending on what I have it set for. For the flower beds I have them automatically set to water 2-3 times a week in the morning. In the raised beds I have the timers running daily for about 20 minutes. I use micro sprinklers in the flower beds and drip soaker hose in the raised beds.
As the plants grow larger and when mulch is added the main hose is not really noticeable and the sprayers are not very obvious. The only problem I have is that there is no longer a local distributor for the DIG products and you'll have to order online. Home Depot does carry them on the West Coast but not in the Midwest. WalMart has it's own line of drip irrigation products and it's adequate but I prefer the sprayers from DIG.

I have become enamored of drip irrigation and I've installed it on all my patio pots as well as the hanging baskets on the front porch. I think once you try it you'll be a convert too. You may even find that you have time to spend relaxing in the garden. Now I just need to buy a bench!

For a quick guide to drip irrigation here's a link: DIG Corp Drip Irrigation Easy Guide


garden girl said...

Your irrigation system looks great. My two veggie beds are small, but I quickly grew tired of watering them during last summer's dry spell. I've been thinking soaker hoses might be the way to go in my small beds, but I may look into a drip irrigation system too. Thanks for the info!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I agree, I don't have as many raised beds as you do, but I have irrigation in all of them, some drip and some sprinkler. Before we put them in I was watering for hours each day.


Seffliva said...

Yeah! I agree with you there, your garden is your good investment. Wish I can also have a healthy garden like that. I also like your idea in watering plants. Thanks for sharing.

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Tammy said...

I just found your blog while researching how to install drip irrigation in my raised beds. I am planning on installing some in mine as soon as i can. Can you please tell me exactly what kits you got,and what timers? How do you know how many to put in each bed? Oh by the way, I am now a follower. Stop by my blog sometime.

Tammy said...

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Rachel said...

TAMMY- I bought DIG irrigation products from For the raised beds I didn't do a kit but bought individual drip lines and 1/2 inch poly tubing. I buried the poly tubing about 2 inches underground and ran a 1/4/flexible micro tubing up to the bed and then connected it to the drip tubing.For the timer I bought the Dig 9001D timer which is about $35 dollars. Thanks for your comment.

Rachel said...

Tammy-For my flower beds I used DIG Micro Sprinker Kit product code EF55AS.