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advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby ace2 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:51 am

After a bit of advice, i'm updating my irrigation system to include 5 zones, so far 1 zone is for strawberries and one for fruit trees, all 5 zones will have fertilizer injectors. So i have 3 zones for the following, corn, tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, peas, carrots, lettuce and garlic. Wanting advice which ones to group together for watering requirement and fertilizer requirements.
My plan is to have 5 fertilizer injectors running the 5 zones injecting manly worm liquid and chicken manure tea plus different requirements for different plants.
My current setup has only one injector running one zone as to speak which is automatically controlled by a tap timer been running off rainwater tanks and a pump.
This setup works well, but with all under 1 zone, some plants require more water or a different feed, hence my master plan
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby HortMaster » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:55 pm

I'd probably group the tomato and corn together, the melons, peas and cucumber together and then the carrot, lettuce and garlic together. It's probably not ideal but tomato and corn obviously have the heaviest requirements. Melons and cucumber have similar requirements and lettuce, carrot and garlic won't require quite as many goodies. probably get your hands on a hydroponic fact sheet and view the ideal pH and EC requirements of each plant and that may help you adjust your groups
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby ace2 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:04 am

very hard to adjust if it's not a hydroponic setup....
But thank you for adding which ones should go with what...

my current groups are
lettuce\garlic\carrots\peas
melon\cucumbers
tomatoes\corn

but i'm able to change that around..
so far the only one that is permanent is the lettuce\garlic(dripper line) can redo it needed
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby HortMaster » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:09 pm

yeah not so much for adjustment, just so you can group together the most similar of the bunch. the only reason i'd probably put peas with the melons and cucumber is because they probably need a bit of extra potassium to set the fruit. Where as lettuce, garlic and carrot will most likely be harvested before they go to the flowering and fruiting stage. do you keep your own seed?
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby ace2 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:08 am

always, only way to grow things in my eyes

HortMaster wrote:melons and cucumber is because they probably need a bit of extra potassium to set the fruit.


maybe that's why i only got 2 rockmelon and 23 watermelons!!!
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby HortMaster » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:34 pm

Haha maybe. That's cool you keep your own seed, I'm a big fan of this too. I'd usually give a little dose of potassium nitrate to a plant I'm planning to keep seed from. Usually around the time of first bloom. Not much but just enough to ensure nice healthy seeds
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby nelson castro » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:34 pm

HortMaster wrote:I'd probably group the tomato and corn together, the melons, peas and cucumber together and then the carrot, lettuce and garlic together. It's probably not ideal but tomato and corn obviously have the heaviest requirements. Melons and cucumber have similar requirements and lettuce, carrot and garlic won't require quite as many goodies. probably get your hands on a hydroponic fact sheet and view the ideal pH and EC requirements of each plant and that may help you adjust your groups


Definitely, grouping it would be great based from the requirements of each plants..
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby ace2 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:50 pm

Ran in to a large problem with my project setup..

Testing my current 1/2" injector and have hit a snag, cutting drip lines down to the smaller zones there is not enough pressure\flow to get the injector sucking up fertilizer.

Puts a very large spanner in the works!!!!!!

so now i need to work out a plan to cut down on zones with enough flow for injectors, i'll list what is a planned crop :

corn, tomatoes, melons(rock\water), cucumber, carrots, peas, potato, strawberry and 5 fruit trees\berry.

What i'm thinking of

split in 3 zones only

zone 1 more water
zone 2 less water
zone 3 trees lots of water

zone 1 : corn, tomatoes, melons, lettuce and cucumber.

zone 2 : carrots, peas, potato, garlic and strawberry.

zone 3 : trees\berry.

my way of thinking, water & fertiziler requirements are close.

I'm hoping with these 3 zones will be enough flow for injectors to work
open for ideas..

reference testing : for injectors to work, i needed at least 3-4 dripper lines..
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Re: advice with irrigation with vegies and zones

Postby ace2 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:50 pm

lucky i didn't go out and buy four more injectors!!!!
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