How to make a DIY drip plant for watering plants in the vegetable garden, on the balcony or in the hedge. From assembling kits to DIY.
ADIY drip plantit is built with little! If you are wondering how to build a drip irrigation system you are in the right post-o. ADIY drop plantit is useful for the vegetable garden, open field crops and is particularly convenient for balconies and terraces. Today we will find out how to build it with thedo-it-yourself.
Thanks to the combined use ofdrip plantsand irrigation timers, it is possible to manage crops with minimum water waste and supply water to the roots even in the absence of the owner. This will enable you toirrigate the garden during the holidayssummer and, upon returning, find a good harvest without nasty surprises.
To build a DIY drop plantyou need to know:
- The plan of the area to be irrigated
- The number of pots to be watered or plants from the garden
- In the case of a drip irrigation system on a terrace or balcony, you will need to know the position of the doors and windows.
- The position of the water intake point.
To build aDIY drip irrigation systemyou need:
- Pruning shears for cutting pipes
- Drill with a 6 mm "soft" bit (or from the diameter of the collaterals)
- Clips to fix the supporting tube to the wall / railing (in case of installation on a terrace or balcony)
- Irrigation timer with programmer
- Splitter to connect a supporting pipe for the drip system and a water pipe for other needs (washing the balcony, drawing water ...)
- Possible pressure reducer
- Semi-rigid 16 mm polyethylene tube or 4 × 6 mm soft microtube ***
- Elbows, tees and sleeves
- Drippers for water distribution
- Any distributor modules and terminal modules
- Possible flexible hose
*** Semi-rigid tube is great in case of adrip plantintended for open-air cultivation, a soft 4 × 6 mm micro-tube is more suitable for balconies.
If you find it difficult to find this material, know that there are assembly kits on the market that provide a certain number of drips, fittings and a good length of pipe.
For example, on Amazon a kit with a 25-meter hose and drips for 30 plants can be bought with 18.99 euros and free shipping. For all information, I refer you to the product sheet: kit of 30 drips for drip systems.
I have reported this kit for several reasons, first of all it has an excellent quality / price ratio and then the drips can spray water both drip and rain, so as to also adapt to particular bonsai or ornamental plants. Then it must be said that it is a rather versatile kit, that is, it can be connected to pre-existing pipes and can be readjusted to the new crop every year. Of course, all kits do this a little (just have a little practical sense), so you choose the one that best reflects your needs.
The DIY drip irrigation kit can be connected to a timer to be purchased separately. Timers can be more or less expensive based on the performance offered.
DIY drip irrigation without kit
If you have individually purchased the material indicated in the list above, the assembly instructions are as follows.
The supporting tube must be connected to the control unit (timer) and to the pressure reducer by means of a short flexible tube (about one meter long), the hose connection can be made with a straight connection, with an elbow connection or with a tee fitting as needed.
The fittings can be hooked to the supporting tube by direct drilling (with the drill, holes are made from the diameter of the dripping tubes to create the so-called toggles), alternatively it is possible to use special distributor modules which have the advantage of being able to be managed individually.
1. Insert the splitter, the control unit, the pressure reducer.
2. Connect the hose to the controller assembly
3. Mount the irrigation system using the modules and fittings
4. If necessary, attach the mesh to the terrace structures
5. Prepare groups of drippers plant by plant
￼6. Connect the outlet tube to the distributor module (or to the hole in the tube) and bring it up to the plant.
7. Connect the dripper to the tube. Secure the drippers with the rods.
DIY drip plant
A drip irrigation system guarantees good water savings both for garden irrigation and when it comes to hedges and ornamental plants.