Watering your seedlings every day is hard work that can be automated. Rosinka ready-made drip irrigation systems sold in stores are not always suitable due to the nature of the soil and the size of the greenhouse. How to make a drip irrigation system yourself, we will tell you in this master class.
In order to make a drip irrigation system in a greenhouse with dimensions of 8×2.8 m, we need the following tools:
- welding machine
From materials you will need:
- metal barrel (200 l) – 1 pc .;
- tripod stand for a barrel made of old pipes (tripod height – 1.2 meters).
Table of required materials for assembling a drip irrigation system:
Material name Size / quantity Cost of 1 piece / m, rub. Total cost, rub. Soft plastic hose 30 meters (diameter 6 mm) 18 540 Dispensers 36 pieces 12 432 Adapters 35 pieces 7 245 Water filter 1 40 40 Fitting 1 15 15 Total 1272
Step-by-step manufacturing of a drip irrigation system
1. Place the tripod for the water barrel at the level of the middle of the greenhouse. It is necessary to install it as close to the greenhouse as possible, it is also important to install it as evenly as possible, so that later the barrel will stand without slopes.
2. At the bottom of the barrel we drill a hole for the fitting. Insert the union, secure from the inside with a nut.
3. Install the barrel on a tripod. We attach a hose to the already supplied fitting, then the filter (you can take a regular fuel car filter).
4. With a drill we make a hole in the wall of the greenhouse and insert the hose.
5. We prepare adapters and dispensers in accordance with the number of bushes. Hose length for pipettes approx. 5-6 cm.
6. We stretch the hose along the rows of cucumbers, leaving room for the dispensers.
7. We put on the dispensers on the hose sections. At the same time, we adjust the watering speed by turning the dispenser knob. In our greenhouse, the most optimal speed was 1 drop in 5 seconds..
8. Drops evenly wet the soil around the growing stem. At this rate of watering, the soil will be sufficiently moist, and the water in the barrel will be used up in 50 hours, after which the barrel is refilled from the country water supply system.
Thus, you can save up to two hours of time per day, which are usually spent on watering seedlings and increase the yield of vegetable crops by about a third of the expected volume..