[NAFEX] Watering strawberries/drip irrigation
jimfruth at charter.net
Mon Jun 1 10:24:24 EDT 2009
Strawberries perform best with drip irrigation. Do it and say "Goodbye"
to many fungi, fruit rot, etc. I use T-Tape because it is so economical and
works great. One possible reason why folks may be hesitant to buy/use
T-Tape is because the tape comes in 4,000' to 15,000 ft. rolls and many of
us would never use all of that but, Jordan Seed in Woodbury, MN
www.jordanseeds.com (651-738-3422) sells a 750 ft. roll of their 15 mil tape
with either 8' or 12" drip spacing. I use the 15 mil because it is almost
The only time(s) I have a problem with it is if I accidentally jab a
fork tine through it or forget where it is and wind it up on the rototiller
blades. Most of mine is permanently in place and I replace it every 6 to 10
years, or whenever calcium deposits from the water plug up the emitter
holes. I use it on the regular garden too dragging it off every Spring and
put it back in place before I begin planting.
If you buy it, be sure you buy pressure reducing regulators (down to 10
psi) because regular water pressure will blow the fittings off the tape.
One thing Jordan Seed doesn't sell is thin-wall main line tubing; I like
it because I can use the same fittings on the main line that I use for the
T-Tape. I buy the mail line from Dripworks, Willits, CA www.dripworks.com
(800-522-3747). Dripworks also has a 'Help Line' that I found extremely
useful when I started using T-Tape. Also, Dripworks' catalog has pictures
so you can see the fittings you'll need.
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