Raised Bed Drip Irrigation

Raised bed vegetable gardens are well draining, but have the disadvantage that they need to be watered more often, especially during the summer months. Setting up an automated irrigation system will relieve the average gardener of having to directly water the bed.

Drip and soaker type irrigation systems are available to make this task much easier. There are two basic types of drip irrigation that are used, depending on the particular application: Button or point type irrigation and soaker hose type. Button irrigation delivers water directly to a single plant in a very pinpoint manner. Soaker hose type watering delivers water to a larger area and is more often used when there is a cluster or a grouping of vegetable plants that need to be watered.

Irrigation systems like these use very little water delivered directly to the plants. They also help keep excess water off of the leaves which in turn lessens the possibility of developing diseases like fungus.

The soaker hoses described in the video are about 1/4 inch in diameter and all of the holes in it are laser drilled every 12 inches. These are different from the larger garden soaker hoses that are made of a very porous rubber material. Those soaker hoses are particularly well suited to watering long strings of vegetable plantings. Check out the video and see some of the different irrigation types.

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