Now that we have our bales planted out, we wanna come back and sort of refine our irrigation system.
We have a drip system installed, and so next to plants, for instance, that use lots of water, like a tomato, we’re gonna install a specific dripper emitter, that emits a significant amount of water.
This is a four gallon per hour emitter, as compared to the one we’re puttin’ next to our pepper plant at the other end of the bale, which is a one gallon per hour emitter. Depending on the water consumption of your plant, you’re gonna wanna use a different emitter next to each one.
Now, how to determine how much water a plant is gonna use? How many fruits does it have, how big are the fruits, are they fruits that are very water-intensive? Cucumbers, tomatoes, all of your melons use lots of water.
Other plants like beans and peas don’t have quite as much fruit volume, so they don’t tend to use as much moisture.
So that’s kind of a good rule of thumb, how big is the fruit, how juicy is the fruit? Got a lot of juicy fruits? You need a lot of water. So use an emitter that gives you a little bit more water per hour, gallons per hour, it’ll tell you on the bag of each emitter how many gallons per hour. So it’s sort of a good way you can judge how to do that.
In order to install the emitter, the first thing you need to do is punch a hole near our plant in our main drip line. Use a little tool to do this.
Once you make a hole, you need to insert your short little drip line. We’re gonna put a connector in one end. The other end of that drip line goes into our main feeder, and on the end of this, we install our little emitter.
This is a red one, red ones, at least this particular brand, the red ones give you four gallons per hour. That’s pretty good for a tomato.
We’re not gonna run these for a full hour, of course, but that’s just the rate that it gives you is four gallons per hour. After a half a gallon or so on this tomato, it’s gonna be plenty moist, so you certainly wouldn’t want it for an hour. And you can let that emitter rest right next to your tomato plant.
Wanna use a little piece of wire, you can make a little harness and punch it right down into the bale.
So now we’re gonna install a drip emitter next to this other tomato, but this tomato happens to be planted right next to a one gallon per hour emitter that’s already built in to this emitter tube that we’re using, the master feeder tube.
So we don’t need quite as much water on this particular tomato. It also happens to be a heirloom variety, so it’s not gonna get as big, it’s probably not gonna use quite as much water.
So we’ll punch a hole next to this one, and we’re just gonna install a one gallon per hour emitter next to this tomato.
You’ll hear it snap when you get that connector inserted into the tube, you’ll hear a little popping noise that lets you know that it’s nice and secure inside.