The great irrigation project

The appropriate way to come back from a three month hiatus is to write about irrigation. Fascinating topic sure to remind my multitudes of readers how much they enjoy this blog. We worked off and on all spring to install an irrigation system so that our precious vegetables can be more efficiently watered so that the local rodents can feast on them before we get a single thing.

The first step was buying a 1000 gallon rain barrel to catch the rainwater off of the roof. Next Ken built a base for it and we wrestled it into place.

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The next step was getting gutters installed. I put my foot down and insisted that we farm this out to professionals, since we don’t own the correct ladders for such work and I wasn’t at all impressed by Ken’s described plan of dangling off of the roof to affix them while upside-down. Besides, the gutters are seamless and look fantastic.

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Oh, we also got the house painted in there somewhere before the gutters.

The final step was designing and installing the drip system itself. We already had a 4 zone controller, so we bought some valves and plumbing (that sounds so easy, there is no area of Home Depot more frustrating than their plumbing department), and assembled the whole thing.

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We then turned it on, and…. nothing. Not enough pressure to work the solenoid valves, so off to Amazon to buy a cute little pump and accumulator.

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Once the pump and accumulator arrived, we hooked them up, ran a few bugs out of the system (including the bug where some idiot installed a pressure regulator backwards. That would be me…) and it’s up and running! It hasn’t kept the evil rodents from devouring everything we’re trying to water, but the irrigation system is awesome anyway.

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