Water irrigation systems


Introducing an Efficient Farm Watering System In our aim to prioritize sustainability, we have recognized the need to utilize water in a mor...

Introducing an Efficient Farm Watering System

In our aim to prioritize sustainability, we have recognized the need to utilize water in a more efficient manner, departing from traditional rain-like watering systems. Although these systems have their advantages, they also come with certain disadvantages that we wish to overcome:

  1. Excessive water consumption: Our current system consumes a significant amount of water, which is both wasteful and unsustainable.

  2. Electricity usage: Despite our self-sufficient energy production, we strive to minimize our energy consumption and reduce our carbon footprint, setting an example for other communities.

  3. Humidity-related issues: High humidity levels create an environment that promotes the growth of fungi, wild bushes, and unwanted plants, posing challenges to our crops.

  4. Compromised soil health: Under hot weather conditions, wet soil tends to harden, obstructing the intake of essential elements like oxygen and vital nutrients.

  5. Hindered microorganism growth: With soil hardening, the multiplication and development of microorganisms become restricted, negatively impacting the overall health of the soil and plants.

Given these considerations, we have explored various watering systems suitable for our canopy trees, specifically our walnut trees, and have decided to implement a deep root irrigation system for our food forest project. Here's why we believe a deep pipe watering system aligns well with our permaculture goals:

  1. Efficient water usage: By targeting only the roots of the trees, we drastically reduce water usage while still ensuring the trees receive the necessary hydration.

  2. Improved soil conditions: By keeping the topsoil dry, we create an environment that facilitates oxygen flow, the movement of beneficial microorganisms, and the development of healthier, more productive plants with stronger immune systems.

  3. Easy monitoring and automation: With a deep root irrigation system, it becomes simpler to determine if the plants require additional water. Moreover, it allows for easy integration with automation systems for monitoring the root's moisture level and performing chemical analyses.

  4. Cost-effective and efficient: Our self-leveling watering system requires minimal investment and yields maximum efficiency, making it an ideal choice for our sustainable farming practices.

  5. Additional benefits: Not only does the deep pipe system conserve water, but it can also be used as compost for worms and microorganisms, providing additional benefits to the overall ecosystem. Furthermore, it provides direct and convenient access for fertilizer application to nourish the roots.

Here's a brief overview of our implementation process:

  1. Digging: We excavate the ground, ensuring a depth of at least 60 cm below the plant's root system.

  2. Soil Aeration: This step involves creating ventilation and a conducive environment for the roots.

  3. Gravel Layer: We lay down a 15 cm thick gravel layer to facilitate water drainage and prevent soil compaction.

  4. Soil Composition: On top of the gravel, we add a mixture of ash, soil, and compost to provide an optimal growing medium.

  5. Vertical Pipe Installation: A vertical pipe with a diameter ranging from 10-30 cm and a length of 100 cm is installed.

  6. Gravel Filling: The pipe is filled with gravel, allowing water to flow evenly through the system.

  7. Backfilling: We fill the top portion of the pipe with soil, ensuring proper coverage and support for the plants.

  8. Watering: Finally, water is added to the system, kickstarting the efficient irrigation process.

We have already successfully initiated this system with plants such as begonville ivy, as evidenced by the accompanying photos. In the future, we plan to implement this system for our walnut trees as well, expanding the benefits to our entire farm.

While this approach has proven highly effective, we acknowledge that clay-rich soils can present challenges. We are actively working on methods to address these issues and optimize the system's effectiveness in such conditions.

For more images and updates on our farm watering system, please visit the following link: Farm Watering System Photos

Join us as we strive for sustainable farming practices that protect our precious resources and foster healthier crops.



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Water irrigation systems
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