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Watering Systems

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 10:58

Well the 4mm pipe and dripper kits are very easy and cheap to get hold of, certainly not £20, and they are pretty much all the same quality, ie cheap. I personally would be using the 13mm as a supply and then run the 4mm off the supply line. You can just put holes or attach drippers on the 13mm line, but this is better for using in beds and borders. If you wish to water baskets, troughs and pots, using the supply pipe with 4mm offshoots is the better way. Also gives you a great deal of flexibility. I'm hoping that once my system is sorted, I'll only be doing feeding watering once a week. Last year even though it was raining, it was still taking me maybe an hour and a half to water all my pots etc every day.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 10:42

Morning! What a start to today. Woke at 6.30 to find heating hadn't come on. Downstairs found pressure on boiler had dropped, so recharged and it started working again. I then noticed the dripping water Not huge amount maybe a few table spoons, once it was up to heat, dripping stopped. Have just been on to phone to British Gas, £99 quid later and £21 a month for 12months, have engineer coming tomorrow afternoon. Still you get a service in that cover too, so I figured either cough up 3 or 400 now and then have to pay for a service as well next year, or pay 99 now and the other 250 over 12 months. They have you either way

Sun now out, but by God walking to school this morning it was bitingly cold. Lots of my plants look like they've been shocked by the sudden freeze. Hope they recover.

So there you go, if you think you've got stress, that has been my marvelous Monday so far!

Watering Systems

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 22:45

use the 13mm tube as your supply, it's the beauty of drip irrigation, you need no water pressure, well hardly any! In answer to your question Bev, it's going to be trial and error. Your mains pressure is unique to you, so you need to experiment to find what drips at the right rate. Then it's just a question of sticking the watering computer on before!

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 22:41

can I ask why you use liners? Why not just use the caddy, and when it's full, empty it and then wash it out? What is the point of liners exactly? I mean washing the caddy out takes all of 30 secs with hot water?

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 22:36

what did I say LeadFarmer? Some lovely gardens here, and thanks for sharing, for someone like me, each pic is a million words! Very nice garden Wintersong, there is a flow which makes the person keep guessing, if I can get close to that, I'll be very happy.


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:49

very nice LeadFarmer, please add your pics to the gardens 2013 thread in the pottingshed section. I'm sure everyone else will enjoy your pics.

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:43

They use vole and mouse holes, it is actually the smell of mouse or vole on the bedding that entices the queen to nest there. Bees are in decline due to habitat destruction and lack of food sources, also been walloped with bad summers last couple of years and the use of nasty sprays that kill them too. So if I can help out in some small way, then it's all good. I love Bumbles, the noise they make and the fact they are so docile and non-confrontational, unlike nosey wasps, who seem to have a finger on the stinger at every opportunity.

Heated Bench

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:35
Brumbull wrote (see)

Just  watched this Ben and i think there are definate advantages of having one of these especially if your striking cuttings

indeed, should last a while too! very simple to make, and due to the size of mine, helps keep the GH frost free too.


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:17

watch gardening vids, research projects and plants and look after the kids as it's mother's day!

Watering Systems

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:03

I did extensive 'research' on this over the last few months, hozelock make nice systems but they are limited and expensive. Far easier to make your own to exactly the specification you require.

this to attatch to outside tap (if you plan on running several lines

13mm irrigation hose

then one of these kits (can be picked up in wilko or cheapo shops for a few quid normally.

then u need a basic watering computer, the simple ones are about 30 quid.

here's a vid of how to set it up

You can add all sorts of different types of drippers, depending on what style of watering you want to achieve.

Yes expensive if you buy from B&Q, but you can source lots of this stuff cheaper around the net. You also will be able to tailor the system precisely to your needs. If you look at professional systems, you will notice they tend to always use 13mm hose rather than 4 mm. This is because the 4mm can block much easier, if you use the 13mm as the 'feeder' pipe then individual 4mm piping, you have better control and also if there is a blockage, it's only on one dripper. The 13 mm pipe can also be used directly on beds with drippers inserted straight into the 13mm pipe.

Hope that gives you some food for thought.


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