drip irrigation setup for tomatoes question...

bgaviator(7)May 14, 2013

I am getting tired of the rubber soaker hoses I've been using the last two years always developing pinholes in the tubing. I am considering this year for my tomatoes running a drip emitter type system this year.
I am thinking about running a main 1/2 inch line across the front of the tomato bed, then having 1/2 inch lines running down each side of each row of tomatoes. I thought about having one, .5 gph drip emmiter on each side of the tomato plant. I already have a timer that I can use.
Does this sound like a good way to go? What is the suggested timing/frequency on using a drip system like this? Thanks.

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lehua49

bg,

Perfectly fine. I use adjustable emitters. Just see what the system does and adjust. The plants need less when young(small root system) and more as they mature(large root system). You could actually put emitters on both side of the plant to get coverage faster. All depends on how long you run your irrigation. Trial and error is the best method. Aloha

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 8:15PM
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tdscpa(z5 NWKS)

I don't see the need for a line down each side. I use one line down each tomato row, with an emitter near each plant. The plant will send out enough roots to take up the water it wants.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 8:59PM
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