Build a PVC Drip Irrigation System for your Garden
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Build a PVC Drip Irrigation System for your Garden

Learn all you will need to know to improve your vegetable gardening by adding a PVC Drip system to water your plants
4.3 (43 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
285 students enrolled
Created by Rick Stone
Last updated 11/2016
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn why you should choose a PVC system over the other systems out there.
  • Design a PVC drip system for your garden.
  • Create a main line water distribution system that will make it easy to get water to each of your garden beds
  • Build your system, including cutting pipe, drilling holes, and the hardware you will need.
  • Learn tricks to make your system very flexible and easily reconfigured for each year in your garden.
  • Determine the size of PVC pipe that is best for your garden
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Requirements
  • This course includes simple instructions on building a PVC drip irrigation system, perfect for any experience level of gardener.
  • Before you start this project you should have the following tools: 1. A saw or PVC pipe cutter. 2. An electric drill. 3. A 3/32 drill bit and a 5/32 drill bit
  • You will also need a scale drawing of your garden so that you can plan out your drip system to determine how much PVC pipe you will need and what hardware.
  • If you are planning on a main line distribution system you will also need a small can of PVC glue.
  • You will need to decide if you are going to make your system out of 1/2 inch pipe or 3/4 inch pipe. You will need to buy the PVC pipe and all needed hardware.
  • Only the most basic skills with a saw, PVC cutter and a drill are needed to build this PVC drip irrigation system.
Description

This may be the most useful garden video you have ever watched!! Learn how to make your own PVC drip irrigation system for your garden.

If you have ever considered adding a drip irrigation system to your vegetable garden, this is the year!! With drought conditions over a large portion of the country, now is the time to cut your water usage and improve the quality of your vegetable garden!

Learn everything you need to know to get your own PVC drip irrigation system up and running this season.

Drip irrigation systems promote strong healthy plants, save time and resources in your garden and they save a ton of water!! PVC based systems are easy to build, very flexible and much less expensive than other types of drip systems.

Master Gardener Rick Stone takes you through the process of building a PVC drip system. He covers all you need to know to get started. In this class you will learn:

  • Why you should choose a PVC system over the other systems out there.
  • How to build your system, including cutting pipe, drilling holes, and the hardware you will need.
  • How to create a main line water distribution system that will make it easy to get water to each of your garden beds
  • What size of PVC pipe is best for your garden.
  • Where and how many water holes will you need for the different types of crops.
  • How to attach your drip system to a rain water collection system!
  • Tricks on making your system very flexible and easily reconfigured for each year in your garden.

With almost 90 minutes of content you will learn every detail of what you need to do to get this PVC drip system up and running in your garden. And of course this video comes with a full 30 day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with this class you can have a full refund! Buy it now, as the price will be going up in only a few months!!

A quick warning for those of you who's garden has a slope. PVC drip systems don't deal well with big changes in slope in a garden. Slopes cause uneven water pressure in the pipes and you will have some areas getting too much water and others not enough. So if you garden is on a hill side or drops more than 2 or 3 inches over 50 feet you may want to consider a different watering option.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for anyone that wants to learn a better method for watering your vegetable garden.
Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
01:32:39
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Drip System Basics
5 Lectures 27:31

Before we get started on the PVC drip system, lets take a few minutes and learn why it is so important to have a drip system in your garden.

Preview 06:16

Just a little bit about me and the drip system I currently use in my garden!

A little about your instructor
03:07

There are 3 types of drip systems that you can choose to water your garden. Let's talk about each of them and why I think a PVC system is the best!!

Difference between PVC system, kit systems & soaker hose systems
06:49

Let's take a look at how a PVC system works and learn how flexible a PVC drip irrigation system can be!

Overall concept of system
09:51

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Building Your drip system
9 Lectures 34:28

Time to start learning about how to build your PVC drip system.

Preview 02:06

Which size of PVC should you use for your garden? 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch? Well that all depends on how big your garden is!!

1/2" vs. 3/4" Pipe
03:34

There are two ways to cut PVC. With a saw or a PVC pipe cutting tool. Let's look at both.

Cutting Pipe
04:50

There are lots of little parts in a PVC system. I call these the hardware. So lets learn about elbows, tees, couplers and end caps!

Tee's, Elbows & End Caps
06:16

You will be doing a lot of drilling your first year. So how about a quick demo on drilling holes in your pipe!

Drilling holes
02:31

The number and size of holes you put in your pipe will depend on the type of crops you are watering. In this lecture we will talk about how to water row crops, like corn, potatoes, peas and more.

Pipe for Row Crops - 6 inches
06:28

The number and size of holes you put in your pipe will depend on the type of crops you are watering. In this lecture we will talk about how to water individual crops like tomatoes, melons and squash.

Pipe for individual crops - A hole for each plant
04:35

Sooner or later you are bound to have a hole or two get plugged. Cleaning out those holes is really pretty simple!

Cleaning out holes/taping them shut
03:04

Well there you have it. You have now learned all the little details of how to build your PVC Drip irrigation system.

Wrap up of Building the System
01:04
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Getting water to your system
5 Lectures 13:45

Now we need to learn how to get water to your pipes.

Preview 01:51

The first method for getting water to your garden beds is using a simple connector and a hose.

Simple water supply - hose
02:21

If you have a big garden you will want to add a main line to the top of your garden with valves that allow you to shut off each individual pipe or bed.

Adding a main line distribution system
03:55

If you really want to get fancy, then you might want to attach your drip system to your sprinklers!

Attaching to a sprinkler system
02:42

Although I don't do this myself, one of my blog readers was generous enough to send me some pictures of her PVC drip system that is attached to a rain water collection system!!

Rain Barrel System
02:56
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Using Your System
5 Lectures 16:57

Now it's time to learn how to use your system in your veggie garden.

Preview 01:13

One of the best parts of a PVC drip irrigation system is how flexible it is. In this lecture we will talk about just a few of the many ways you can adjust your system to meet the needs of your garden.

System Flexiblity
04:16

Because you are not using a sprinkler any more to water your garden you have the option of watering each bed or row when it needs it.

Watering each crop on your time schedule
01:38

Let's go out and take a look at my PVC system as I have it set up for my 2015 garden.

Out in the garden
08:33

Well that's it! We are done! I sure hope you all enjoyed this video and learned a ton about PVC drip systems and how to use them. Please be sure to leave any comments or questions in the discussion section of the course! Thanks for buying and watching my course!

Course Wrap up
01:17
About the Instructor
Rick Stone
4.3 Average rating
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1,972 Students
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Expert Gardener

Hi guys, I'm Rick Stone and I’m a gardening fanatic! Over the last 19 years I've grown a large garden at my home and it seems like every year that garden gets a little larger! Most years we grow between 800 to 1100 pounds of fresh veggies for our table and tons of great flowers to make our yard look awesome.

I grow all of my own seedlings and we have learned how to extend our garden harvest to 365 days a year. Even in our zone 5b garden! Growing in cold frames and hoop houses is the key!!

I'm a graduate of the Utah State University Master Gardener program and have been teaching classes for many years on gardening basics and year round gardening. For the last year I have been teaching courses online to nearly 1000 students. Come join me and we will learn everything you need to know to have a successful garden!!