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How to Set up a Garden Irrigation System

Go behind the scenes of River Cottage Australia! Host Paul West shows you how to keep your garden well irrigated.

Keeping your plants well watered is essential if you want a healthy & productive vegetable garden. Learn how to create your own drip line irrigation system. 

If you’ve got a little verandah with a few pots, it’s as easy as filing up a watering can – and for a larger patch the hose comes in handy. But the more your garden grows, the longer it takes to manually water – and the more water you might potentially waste. And that’s where DRIP irrigation comes in.

I’ve installed a drip line irrigation system for my tomato patch. – and here’s how you can too.

You’ll need;

  • 13mm irrigation line
  • 19mm poly
  • Condensing T’s
  •  A filter
  • End plugs
  • Some ratchets
  • Male hose connector

From there, you’ll need to cut your line to length, and tuck it right up against the base of your plants so the water’s getting in where it should. You’ll then need to cut the line between the drippers & cut and join the poly hose between the irrigation line, using the T connectors & the clamps – then put the end plugs in to stop the water coming out the ends.

To connect the drip system to your water source, cut a length of poly and use it to connect the filter & hose adaptor, before connecting it to the open end of your drip line. Connect the other end of the poly to a hose that’s had a male hose connector fitted in place of the hose head.

And there you have it – your own drip line irrigation system. 

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