For any novice home garden gardener the raised bed is an absolutely idyllic solution to the problem of how to plants successfully in a raised bed garden. Simple and quick to install, the highly effective raised bed irrigation system relies on a 16mm diameter, 16m long, fully flexible plastic tube called a “tubing” that can be laid directly to the earth’s surface – absolutely waterproof and completely reversible so no top soil is required. The “tubing” is then fastened onto the raised bed using stainless steel fittings. The tubing is connected to a timer or micro-spray head that dispenses controlled amounts of water very quickly wherever you need it – simply fill the container, adjust the settings to the specific needs of the plants (some prefer a more vigorous watering while others prefer a slower, more relaxed watering) and leave to do its work. The result is lush, beautiful soil that is extremely easy to maintain.
Raised beds are a great way to get a great start on your gardening adventure, growing exciting varieties of plants that you would not have been able to achieve with traditional methods. This is because they offer a better solution for getting your plants started off right, getting them established and then learning how to nurture them to grow healthily into bigger, healthier plants. However, they can also be hard work in themselves, especially when you are just starting out. A raised bed irrigation kit is a great way to help get you started and is an important part of any successful raised bed garden. Here is some useful advice about this system and how to use it.
First things first, check the height of your plants! The purpose of a raised beds kit is to allow for plants to grow taller, and many people find this easier achieved if the pots are taller than the plants themselves. If you are growing plants which are too tall for the pots on top of them, you may need to repot them before they grow too high, which will mean taking them down a bit lower than you want. Again, using a raised beds irrigation system will help you to do this easily.
Next, read up on how to best go about using your DIY irrigation system. There are three main types of raised gardening bed irrigation systems, all of which will provide you with different levels of watering time. These are: hosepipe, drip irrigation, and water based hoses. Each of these has their pros and cons and it really comes down to personal preference and what best suits your garden and the plants you are trying to grow.
With the water-based hoses, the plants will receive a constant flow of water from the nozzle at the base of the plant. The hose is fitted right to the root zone of the plants, allowing them to easily absorb the water without it getting to other plants or soil. This is the most recommended type of irrigation for smaller gardens, as the plants will not be overly wet. It is also the easiest to maintain, and does not require any special watering or other maintenance.
On the other hand, hose-based systems allow you to control the amount of water the plants are receiving. You can direct where the water goes towards the plants, allowing them to take in more water at certain times of the day. This is the most popular method used by many commercial growers, who prefer to have constant supply of water coming straight from the tap. Some home gardeners feel that this method of watering is less efficient, because rainwater is always going to run out at different times, and is therefore not as reliable. There is also the issue of the constant running of the hose, which is something most homes cannot deal with.
Watering via drip irrigation can also be a good choice. These systems rely on the application of a continuous delivery of water from the source, to the plants. There is a drip from the lower part of the plant roots, which ensures that the water is delivered directly to the leaves, without the plants being over watered. The application of such a system is very efficient, because it means that no extra water is used at all. It also helps prevent soil erosion, as there is no standing water, to wash away at the roots.
Irrigation is an important factor in growing plants, and having a properly set up water system is essential. Before you go ahead and buy a sprinkler, or even go DIY, you should consider the type of environment you have, and the kinds of plants you have growing there. Consider how much time you want to spend watering your plants, how big they are, how fast they grow and what weather conditions you might face. For example, it would be wise to invest in a higher quality watering system, if you live in a sunny state. Likewise, a more expensive diy drip irrigation might not be required in a meadow or similar low moisture environment.