Using a PVC Drip Irrigation System in Raised Beds is really pretty easy and it works really well for watering small raised bed gardens.
I’ve had some questions about using a PVC Drip Irrigation System in Raised Beds so I thought it would be a good idea to write a quick article and film this video that explains how I used a PVC drip irrigations system in raised beds.
PVC Drip Irrigation System in Raised Beds
First off here’s the video I filmed, go take a look.
If you would like to learn a little more about my main garden PVC system you can read about it here. Or if you would like to design your own PVC drip system I would suggest you buy my PVC Drip irrigation course, which now includes a section on raised beds.
I have 3 raised bed gardens which are 3 feet wide and 8 feet long. They all sit next to each other on the west side of my yard in this area that was filled with 8 inches of gravel. Raised beds seemed like the perfect solution for growing in this area and since I’ve added the PVC drip irrigation system in raised beds this part of my garden has really thrived.
You can see how well the plants are growing this year.
Using a mainline
My PVC Drip irrigation system in raised beds is set up with a mainline. Each bed has a riser to the bed that has its own ball valve. This allows me to water all 3 beds at the same time with different amounts of water pressure. This year, for example, I have 1 bed with just one line watering cucumbers, a second bed with 2 rows of potatoes, and a third bed with 3 rows of beets. Each of these beds requires a different amount of water pressure to run the system correctly. So each bed having its own ball valve allows that to happen. It will also allow me to use the system on individual beds when the other beds don’t need water.
Because of the ball valves, everything “upstream” of the valves must be glued so it can hold full pressure. Everything past the valves can still be unglued like any traditional PVC drip system.
We have had these beds for 3 years now, but I just got around to adding the pressurized mainline this year, and it really has been nice. It is so easy to use and only 30 minutes of irrigation every 4 days is all these beds need with this system!!
If you would like to learn more about my PVC Drip Irrigation system and how to build your own please buy my PVC Drip Irrigation course! It is a 2-hour course that takes you step by step through the process of building a PVC Drip Irrigation system. I cover drip systems for both traditional flatbed gardens and raised beds. And for my Stoney Acres readers, the course only costs $20!!