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Re: Grey Water - Irrigation


We had 2 beds set up for drip irrigation this year.  Because of the overabundance of rainfall, I believe we turned the system on about 6 times this season.  Like Don in NC, we had alot of rain this year and much cooler temps.

The lines are plastic flat 1" hoses (like fireman's hoses) which are connected to a huge round distribution type hose.  There are slits every 16" so we ran 2 hoses per row alternating distances so we had a 8" coverage.  They worked well with squash, tomatoes and pole beans.

Like Adam said, it is better to bury your lines to maximize water conservation, but we didn't.  I believe this type of system gives you max irrigation for a cheap price.  It is labor intensive at the beginning but it will save you $$ in the long run.  This setup was donated to us by our local county extension office. 

Instead of burying, I would recommend you plant your rows, lay out your lines, then mulch with slightly composted leaves.

As far as grey or gray water, do your homework and weigh the pros and cons.   If you go with using gray water, create some type of document of your intentions and have responsible parties sign off.  This way, there are no surprises on going with this format.  

If you need any pictures of what we used in our operation, please let me know and I can help you. 

Kind regards,   

Jim Call,  CASA Community Garden Volunteer Dir.
           www.casagarden.com 

 

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Adam36055@aol.com
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 10:55:52 EDT

>Judy,
>
>1) Were I you, the first thing I would do would be to talk to the best 
>commerical organic farmers/gardeners in your state and your local agricultural 
>exension agent.  There are usually strict state guidelines on the use of gray water 
>(or grey water) and they vary from state to state in the USA.  While 
>sustainablity is important, and the use of gray water  in cleaning streets and other 
>applications is a godsend, it remains a complicated topic.  If the wheel has 
>been invented in your area, you should give it a "spin" first.  
>
>2) Caveat: I have never used gray water and a little knowledge is dangerous! 
>Personally, I  would prefer to invest in drip irrigation hoses, even jumping 
>for a subterranean drip irrigation system before even considering gray water 
>usage.  Its use on lawns and certain ornamental plants has been done in some NYC 
>Parks, but I personally would not use it on edible plants, azaleas, ferns or 
>certain other shade plants.  As always, it is essential to know your soil 
>chemistry and the chemistry of the gray water that you would be adding to it - a 
>case of looking before you leap. 
>
>3) I first encountered drip irrigation systems about 30 years ago in Israel - 
><A HREF="http://www.worldbank.org/html/fpd/technet/drip_irr.htm";>Drip 
>Irrigation</A> . Here is a bibliography of manuals on drip or microirrigation systems 
><A HREF="http://www.microirrigationforum.com/new/archives/dripmanuals.html";>
>Drip Manuals</A>
>and source of irrigation information on the net: <A 
>HREF="http://www.microirrigationforum.com/new/onthenet/";>irrigation on the net</A> . 
>
>4) Back to Colorado - Here is a Colorado State Agricultural Extension paper 
>on drip irrigation:  <A 
>HREF="http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/columngw/grdrip.html";>Colorado Drip Irrigation</A>
>and a piece on Drip irrigation for the home gardener: 
><A HREF="http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/04702.html";>Colorado Home 
>Drip</A>  , for you to  explore. 
>
>5) The US experts on community gardening with little water may very well be 
>in Arizona.  Two links from the ACGA website: 
><A HREF="http://ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/comunity/comunity.htm";>
>Community Gardening in Maricopa County, Arizona</A>
>
><A HREF="http://www.communitygardensoftucson.org/";>Community Gardens of Tucson
></A>
>
>This is a seminar that is being given next week by Lisa Hemphill of  the 
>Arizona Agricultural extension on drip irrigation.  While you may not be able to 
>get there, obviously,  you might want to drop a line to Contact: Lisa Hemphill 
>at lisahem@ci.gilbert.az.us, phone (480) 503-6878. Website: <A 
>HREF="http://ci.gilbert.az.us/water";>Arizona Drip Irrigation</A>.  
>
>"Drip Irrigation Basics - August 26, 2003 at 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM  
> What’s a pressure regulator or a valve? Do I have emitters or sprinklers? I 
>thought a "station" was a channel on TV. Take the mystery out of watering your 
>landscape. Learn to design and install a drip irrigation system that will be 
>water efficient and low maintenance. It’s easier than you think. Price: Free. 
>Registration required. Location: Maricopa County. Address: Southeast Regional 
>Library on Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads in Gilbert, AZ. Contact: Lisa 
>Hemphill at lisahem@ci.gilbert.az.us, phone (480) 503-6878. Website: 
>http://ci.gilbert.az.us/water.  "
>
>Best wishes,
>Adam Honigman
>Volunteer, 
> <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/";>Clinton Community Garden</A>
> 
>
>
>
>
>
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