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#1 AJ Drew

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 07:32 AM

All of my produce stock is field grow.  But I am gradually moving to containers for seed stock.  Went away last weekend without watering, things were way droopy when I got back.  Five gallon containers, but they are black and suck up the sun.  Thinking about drip irrigation for next year, but have no clue what to consider.

I do not want them to run off the house because that is county water.  Thinking more like 50 gallon drum higher than the containers, so gravity feeds the system.  I have seen drip that uses a computer on the hose outlet, turns it on and off.  Thinking just gravity feed and slow drip would work better.  But again, I have no clue.

If you do drip and can point me to a product, maybe at GreenHouseMegaStore (favorite place) that would be very helpful.  Even knowing if I can gravity feed vs. computer would be great.  Does it have to turn on and off or can it just drip slowly?


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:41 AM

All of my produce stock is field grow.  But I am gradually moving to containers for seed stock.  Went away last weekend without watering, things were way droopy when I got back.  Five gallon containers, but they are black and suck up the sun.  Thinking about drip irrigation for next year, but have no clue what to consider.

I do not want them to run off the house because that is county water.  Thinking more like 50 gallon drum higher than the containers, so gravity feeds the system.  I have seen drip that uses a computer on the hose outlet, turns it on and off.  Thinking just gravity feed and slow drip would work better.  But again, I have no clue.

If you do drip and can point me to a product, maybe at GreenHouseMegaStore (favorite place) that would be very helpful.  Even knowing if I can gravity feed vs. computer would be great.  Does it have to turn on and off or can it just drip slowly?

I use a drip system, but it's run off the spigot outside, and use a timer to turn it on and off every day. I have seen kits for gravity fed systems on Drip Depot, http://www.dripdepot.com . You might want to shoot them a question, they always been helpful to me and can help spec out what you need. 



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:01 PM

Just get you a timer like this and attach it to your rain barrel or other elevated container. On mine, you can program 4 different zones to come on at different times of the day and stay on for however long you like.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:12 PM

Where would be a cheap place to source a rain barrel or container/fixture/what have you for this sort of thing?

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:19 PM

Where would be a cheap place to source a rain barrel or container/fixture/what have you for this sort of thing?

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You can usually get blue food grade 55 gal drums on Craigs List for around $20


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 12:39 AM

Just get you a timer like this and attach it to your rain barrel or other elevated container. On mine, you can program 4 different zones to come on at different times of the day and stay on for however long you like.

 

That is perfect, thank you!  I thought those things were AC cause I usually see them attached to houses.  going to work on this right after season closes.


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