[Market-farming] Buried T-Tape

Bill Bradshaw billbradshaw at hughes.net
Thu Jul 6 08:32:32 EDT 2006


We buy from Irrigation mart, the coupling for drip tape cost is about .60 
cents we use them over many times. We also use the goof plugs on small 
holes. http://www.irrigation-mart.com/catalog/tapefittings.pdf  This link 
has photo of the coupling. Bill
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "marcy" <marcy at aculink.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 11:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Buried T-Tape


> 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?
> Thanks all!
> Marcy
> ----- 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
> 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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