[Market-farming] Buried T-Tape

Bill Bradshaw billbradshaw at hughes.net
Wed Jul 5 21:21:08 EDT 2006

I have to agree with Willie. Our tape last longer if covered.Mice and crows 
are our worst about cutting the tape. Under ground this does not happen. Our 
tape is buried after the plants are up. The covering takes place when 
plowing. Fertilizing for us is done through the drip tape using a dosatron 
injector system. Bill
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Willie McKemie" <mf at austinfarm.org>
To: "Mr Lucky" <steve at mrlucky.com>; "Market Farming" 
<market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Buried T-Tape

> On Wed, Jul 05, 2006 at 09:56:12AM -0700, Mr Lucky wrote:
>> I haven't used t-tape for years but this year I bought a bunch. I buried 
>> it
>> under the soil along with the seeds but now I'm thinking it wasn't such a
>> smart idea.
>> I've heard it tends to last just a season if you bury and I can live with
> It seems just the opposite to me; that is, irrigation tubing lasts
> longer if buried.  Though some insects bore through it and rodents dig
> into to it buried, the problems seem worse when it is on the surface.
> Here in central Texas, we can't rely on rainfall to bring crops up and
> it is difficult to get bed tops wet with buried tubing.  For that
> reason, I have reverted to surface placement.
>> that, but I like to fertilize with a side dressing once the plants come 
>> up
>> but without water hitting the fertilizer, is there any point? Should I 
>> use a
>> foliar fertilizer? Any suggestions?
> Chemical nitrogen fertilizers are highly hydrotropic (is that the
> word?).  Just a bit of drizzle or even high humidity is enough to get
> the fertilizer dissolved and into soil.
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