[Market-farming] Buried T-Tape
marcy at aculink.net
Thu Jul 6 00:23:07 EDT 2006
Now I have another question for y'all... any good (and INEXPENSIVE) ideas
for fixing these holes in the T-tape???
I've got some that I'm using for a second season (10 mil) that I've been
battling repairs on. I found a piece of garden hose that I've cut into
pieces and using for couplings but it seems to be too smooth and tries to
blow apart. A neighbor suggested treating the Tape like heat shrink tubing
and heating it. I've tried cable ties but need something wider without using
a $1 hose clamp on each sideof the splice.
Or maybe I just need to find a cheaper source?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Bradshaw" <billbradshaw at hughes.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Buried T-Tape
> I have to agree with Willie. Our tape last longer if covered.Mice and
> are our worst about cutting the tape. Under ground this does not happen.
> 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
> >> it
> >> under the soil along with the seeds but now I'm thinking it wasn't such
> >> smart idea.
> >> I've heard it tends to last just a season if you bury and I can live
> > 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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