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URI CE Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable
Garden, July 2004
What you will see!
following page highlights water conservation practices
that were demonstrated during the healthy landscapes education
healthy landscapes education program provided
materials for the installation of a demonstration rain
Master Gardeners installed a drip
irrigation system in July 2004 to water
a demonstration vegetable garden. Additional examples of
drip irrigation can also be viewed at URI
our healthy landscapes factsheet water
wisely for more information on water conservation
in the home landscape.
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rain barrel can
hold 54 gallons of water.
rain barrel is set on blocks to provide additional
height for gravity flow. The roof gutter downspout
was retrofitted to outlet
above the rain barrel's screened opening.
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Master Gardener Dick Perreault installs a new
drip irrigation system in the
Garden. July 2004.
newly installed riser includes the mainline (1),
a timer control unit (2),
filter (3), and
pressure regulator (4). Other essential components
of a drip irrigation system include the valve and
backflow preventer, which are located at the main
water supply in the Demonstration Vegetable Garden,
and the drip tubing with emitters.
installed drip tubing in the Vegetable Demonstration
The straw shown in these pictures is used
and reduce weed growth.
is the timer used to automatically control the drip
irrigation system in the garden. Drip irrigation
can be set to run automatically, like sprinklers, or
it can be controlled manually. Manual operation allows
you to take advantage of rainfall before applying unnecessary
red dot in the picture above is the emitter where water
is released into the root zone of plants from
the drip tubing. Emitters should be checked regularly
to ensure they are flowing and not clogged.
is an end cap which prevents water from running out
the end of the drip tubing.
tubing should be staked down to keep
it from moving. If the tubing moves, it
may no longer be targeting the root zone of the plants.
Other Types of Emitters Demonstrated, July 2003
close-up of T-Tape tubing
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